David Hoffman and the Science of Jurisprudence


Legislation Authorizing a Lottery for the Law Institute, 1813

From the Laws of Maryland, vol. 5., chapter 125, secs. 5 & 6 of 1813. The bill authorizes the use of lottery revenues by the University of Maryland to fund the school and to establish programs at the University of Maryland. Both David Hoffman and his father, Peter Hoffman, are listed as managers of the lottery and of the funds generated. A second bill in 1825 would authorize the use of lottery money to erect a building and establish a library for the "Professor of Law." The library that Hoffman purchased, much of it with his own money, would eventually be the cause of a law suit brought against Hoffman by the University Trustees.
1813 bill authorizing lottery revenues to fund school

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