Dictionaries Make Strange Bedfellows
University of Washington - School of Law
February 16, 2002
LANGUAGE AND THE LAW: PROCEEDINGS OF A CONFERENCE, Dec. 6-8, 2001, Marlyn Robinson, ed., pp. 93-108, William S. Hein & Co., 2003
Bouvier's Law Dictionary was very popular among U.S. lawyers for a century, from the publication of its first edition in 1839. It is useful today for historical researchers. And it is very highly regarded by a particular sort of legal researcher - tax protesters, Patriots, Freemen, and their ideological kin. This essay offers biographical information about John Bouvier and discusses its current use.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: Bouvier, legal dictionaries, tax protesters, Freemen, Patriots
Date posted: February 20, 2009 ; Last revised: August 1, 2011