general counsel

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 10 03:25:20 UTC 2004

On Tue, 3 Feb 2004, Catherine Aman wrote:

> Any suggestions on how to track down the first instances of use of the term
> "general counsel" (which is now have rank pulled upon it by "chief legal
> officer")?

The Chicago Legal Times III. 65 (1889) has the following: "In 1885, he was
made the General Attorney of the Company, which position he now holds,
Hon. William C. Goudy being the General Counsel."

Fred Shapiro

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