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YCBA Launches Book Project to Memorialize Members

Wednesday, March 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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YCBA Launches New Book to Memorialize York County Bar Members


By Gordon Freireich, York Daily Record


Here’s a test of your knowledge of York County history:

Who was Justice Jeremiah Sullivan Black?

You may be drawing a blank, but he was one of York County’s most prominent members of the York County Bar Association. A Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Black was tapped by President James Buchanan to serve as U.S. Attorney General and then Secretary of State. Buchanan nominated Black to the U.S. Supreme Court, but (with a modern day ring to it) he was never confirmed by the newly elected Republican Senate during the Lincoln administration.

Justice Jeremiah Sullivan Black was a leading member of the York County Bar Association. Attorney General and Secretary of State in the James Buchanan administration, he died in York in 1883. (Photo: Submitted)

Born on Jan. 10, 1810, in Somerset County, he died on Aug. 19, 1883, at his estate, Brockie, in Spring Garden Township. He is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery. At the time of his death, a York colleague stated:

“One of the foremost men of the nation has fallen. A great light has passed out of the world forever. A wise counselor, an eminent jurist, an illustrious statesman is silenced; a good man cut down and his works of charity and benevolence suspended.”

Black’s story is just one of 239 “Memorial Minute” reports and biographies in a soon-to-be-published, four-volume set of books on the lives and legacies of members of the York County Bar Association.


See full story by Gordon Freireich here


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