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Early law dictionaries of the united states

A General Purpose Law Dictionary

Charles Norton Ironside. A Handy Law Dictionary: for the Convenient Use of Lawyers, Bankers, Journalists, Students and Business Men. New York: [s.n.], 1904.

Charles Norton Ironside (1859-1934) was born in Washington D.C. and receivedIronside, title page his degree in law from Georgetown in 1882, continuing his education at Rutgers (AM, 1884), and the Nashville College of Law (LLD, 1900). He was also a member of Chi Phi fraternity. Ironside was a member of the Ohio Bar, but by 1898 had left the mid-west for the New York City, to pursue a career as an author, journalist, and bookbinder. After a peripatetic career, he eventually returned to Ohio, where he died.

This small-format dictionary was written as much for non-practitioners as for lawyers, but Ironside did consult with members of the New York Bar and, for the second edition, a number of eminent jurists. The work was first issued in 1899 and was sufficiently popular to warrant a second edition in 1904. He is best known for his dictionary, but he also contributed to the volume Quickness of Perception (1891).