Born on 1st of March 1757
Died on 2nd of November 1818
Romilly, the son of a watchmaker, became one of the great judicial reformers of his time. As a barrister he mainly worked on Chancery cases. Romilly travelled in Europe before and during the French Revolution, became acquainted with democratic figures of note, and wrote about the revolutionary turmoil. The Whigs had Romilly knighted and arranged a seat in Parliament for him. Romilly in his time as an MP (for a while Solicitor General) succeeded in repealing various capital statutes, and in 1814 also abolished hanging, drawing and quartering.
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