This Day at Law

Lord Mansfield born

Lord Mansfield (William Murray), Chief Justice of King's Bench and developer of English commercial law, was born in Scone, Scotland, on March 2, 1702.Learn more about Lord Mansfield from the Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Puerto Ricans granted U.S. Citizenship

On March 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting Puerto Rico status a United State territory and granting all of its residents U.S. citizenship. The Bill furthermore constructed a government and bill of rights for the island and allowed its residents to serve in the U.S. military.In 1952, the rights of Puerto Rico and its residents were further extended when the island promulgated its own constitution.

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