Private clients of Attorney General Edmund Randolph circa 1791 to 1792

In the period 1791-1792, Attorney General Randolph had several private parties as clients. Such clients were involved in federal court cases and apparently also in state court cases. Such cases included:

Vanstophorst v MD (1791) -- Supreme Court of the United States

GA v Brailsford (1792) -- Supreme Court of the United States

Hayburn's Case (1792) -- Supreme Court of the United States

Lawyer v. East India Company

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Professional relationships among federal officeholders

In the antebellum period, many US senators had either read or practiced law with other federal and state officeholders.  Does anyone know of scholarly articles or specific case studies of such relationships and their significance, whether for politics or for the parties involved?

Thank you.

Susan Barsy


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