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Colonel William Winthrop: The Tradition of the Military Lawyer

George S. Prugh, Jr.
American Bar Association Journal
Vol. 42, No. 2 (FEBRUARY 1956), pp. 126-129, 188-191
Published by: American Bar Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25719505
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

The classic work on American military law—a field that three recent conflicts have made perhaps more familiar than we should like—is William Winthrop's Military Law and Precedents, first published in 1866. Few people, however, know anything about the author, whose long, useful Army career was brilliant and, from his point of view, bitterly disappointing. Colonel Winthrop was one of our first military lawyers. Major Prugh's sketch of his life demonstrates that he was a credit to both of the old, honorable professions to which he belonged.

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