William Cranch

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William Cranch

William Cranch (July 17, 1769 – September 1, 1855) was a United States Circuit Judge and Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Circuit Court of the District of Columbia; the 2nd Reporter of Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States; a Professor of law for Columbian College; and a city land commissioner for Washington, D.C..


  • In a government which is emphatically stiled a government of laws, the least possible range ought to be left for the discretion of the judge.
    • Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States (1804) [1]

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