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Coke, Edward, Sir

Born: 1552 AD
Died: 1634 AD, at 82 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Jurist


1552 - Born in Mileham, Norfolk on the 1st of February.

1589 - He became a Member of Parliament.

1592 - Speaker of the House of Commons.

1593 - He was appointed England's Attorney General, a post for which he was in competition with his rival Sir Francis Bacon.

1606 - He was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas.

1606 - Coke apparently helped write the charter of the Virginia Company, a private venture granted a royal charter to found settlements in North America.

1613 - He was elevated to Chief Justice of the King's Bench.

1616 - Bacon encouraged the King to remove Coke as Chief Justice, for refusing to hold a case in abeyance until the King could give his own opinion in it.

1620 - Coke became an MP again, and proved so troublesome to the crown that he was imprisoned, along with other Parliamentary leaders, for six months.

1628 - He was one of the drafters of the Petition of Right.

         - Under Coke's leadership, the House of Commons forced Charles I of England to accept Coke's Petition of Right by withholding the revenues the king wanted until he capitulated.

1634 - Died on the 3rd of September.



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