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Selden

[sel-duhn]
Selden, John, 1584-1654, English jurist and scholar. He studied at Oxford, was called to the bar in 1612, and was elected to Parliament in 1623. He had already assisted in preparing the protestation of Commons in 1621, asserting to King James I Parliament's rights in the affairs of state, and he had briefly been held in custody as a result. He continued to support the rights of Parliament in its struggle with the crown, was prominent in the trial of George Villiers, 1st duke of Buckingham, and helped to draw up the Petition of Right in 1628. For his activity in the recalcitrant Parliament of 1629 he was imprisoned and was not released until 1631. He represented the Univ. of Oxford in the Long Parliament from 1640 to 1649. Selden was considered one of the most erudite men of his time. His England's Epinomis and Jani Anglorum (1610) established him as the father of legal antiquarianism. The preface to his edition of the Fleta (1647) summarizes his lifelong study in the origins of British law. Selden's reputation as an Orientalist was begun with his De Diis Syris (1617), and he prepared a number of studies of rabbinical law. His History of Tithes (1618) involved him in a conflict with the clergy, and the work was suppressed. Among his other works is Mare Clausum (1635), a defense of England's right to sovereignty over the seas between that country and the Continent, written in response to Hugo Grotius's Mare Liberum. He is popularly best remembered for the record of his conversations kept by his secretary, Richard Milward, and published as Table Talk (1689, ed. by Frederick Pollock, 1927).

See G. W. Johnson, Memoirs of John Selden (10 vol., 1883-84).

Selden, uninc. village (1990 pop. 20,608), Suffolk co., SE N.Y., on Long Island. It is chiefly residential with some manufacturing.
Selden is a city in Sheridan County, Kansas, United States. The population was 201 at the 2000 census.

Geography

Selden is located at (39.541194, -100.567064).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 201 people, 103 households, and 55 families residing in the city. The population density was 666.0 people per square mile (258.7/km²). There were 118 housing units at an average density of 391.0/sq mi (151.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.50% White, and 0.50% from two or more races.

There were 103 households out of which 19.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.6% were non-families. 44.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 26.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,750, and the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $20,417 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,137. About 8.9% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 6.1% of those sixty five or over.

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