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Edward Foss

Edward Foss (16 October 1787 - 27 July 1870) was an English lawyer and biographer.

He was born in London. He became a solicitor, and on his retirement from practice in 1840, devoted himself to the study of legal antiquities. His Judges of England (9 vols., 1848-1864) was regarded as a standard work, characterized by accuracy and extensive research. Biographia Juridica, a Biographical Dictionary of English Judges, appeared shortly after his death. He assisted in founding the Incorporated Law Society, of which he was president in 1842 and 1843. He died of apoplexy.

This entry was originally from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.

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