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Gray, John Chipman,

1839–1915, American lawyer and teacher, b. Brighton, Mass. A graduate of Harvard Law School (1861), he served in the Civil War and then entered law practice in Boston; in 1869 he began teaching at Harvard Law School. He continued both practice and teaching until the last years of his life and was Royall professor at Harvard from 1883 until 1913. A leading advocate of the case system of teaching law, he was a recognized authority in both England and the United States on the law of real property. His best-known work is The Nature and Sources of the Law (1909).


See R. Gray, John Chipman Gray (1917).

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Gray, John Chipman

(1839–1915) lawyer, professor; born in Brighton, Mass. Judge advocate major for the Union army in the Civil War, afterwards he joined John C. Ropes in a successful Boston law practice (still an active law firm, Ropes & Gray) and simultaneously taught at Harvard Law School (1869–1913). He helped found and edit the American Law Review (1866–70). His works on real property and legal theory are authoritative.
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