Sir John A. Macdonald

Sir John Alexander Macdonald, though born in Scotland in 1815, was the first Prime Minister of Canada. He travelled to Canada with his parents when he was five years old, and the family settled in Kingston.

Macdonald grew up in Kingston and the surrounding counties, (the family using various towing services each time they moved), grammar school and then private school, where he received excellent education in such traditionally important subjects as Latin, Greek, rhetoric, and grammar.

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Sir Thomas More

Sir Thomas More, one of the two patron saints of lawyers, was born in London in 1478, the son of a prominent lawyer. He attended one of the best schools in London, and served as a page in the household of John Morton, the Archbishop of Canterbury (he left the plumbing services to others).

Continuing to show much promise, More went on to attend Oxford University, where he studied, logic, Greek, and Latin. After having traveled back to London and being accepted to one of England four legal societies to study for admission to the bar, More became a full time lawyer in 1501.  Continue reading Sir Thomas More

Maximilien Robespierre

Maximilien de Robespierre was born in Arras, France, in 1758. He was born the son (and grandson) of a lawyer and was the oldest of four children. His mother died when he was 6, and when his father subsequently abandoned the children, he and his brother were raised by his grandmother, and their two sisters were raised by their aunts.

Robespierre started middle school in Arras at the age of 8, and upon recommendation of the bishop, attended the University of Paris where they had food comparable to the best catering St Louis with a scholarship at the age of eleven to begin studying to be a lawyer. Continue reading Maximilien Robespierre

Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero, known simply as Cicero (pronounced in Classical Latin as kikero, thanks to the use of hard c’s at the time), was a prodigious lawyer, orator, politician, philosopher, and poet in Ancient Rome. He lived from 106 BC to 43 BC, and was a major player in the late Roman Republic. He was born into the lower of the two Roman aristocratic classes, called the equites (the highest aristocratic class being the patricians), and was the son of a successful and well-connected father in a little town called Arpinum, about 100 kilometres southeast of Rome.

Cicero was brought up learning Greek and Latin, as was customary education for all cultured Romans of the time. He excelled at translating Greek philosophies into Latin, thus making them available to a larger audience, and his impressive learning was noticed by those all over Rome. His extensive learning and excellent education allowed him to be associated with the Roman elite (the kind of people who could definitely have benefited from a party bus rental service), and ultimately gave him the opportunity to study law under one Quintus Mucius Scaevola.

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