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Peter Lyons

Peter Lyons, Irish jurist. famous Parsons’ Case, 1758.


  • Lyons, Peter was born in 1734 in Cork County, Ireland, circa. Son of John and Catherine (Power) Lyons.

  • Education

    • Read law with James Power.


    • Admitted to Virginia bar, 1756. Plaintiff’s attorney in famous Parsons’ Case, 1758. Inactive during American Revolution.

      Judge of General Court, also Vermont Court of Appeals, 1779. President Virginia Court of Appeals, 1803-1807.

    Major achievements

    • Famous Parsons’ Case, 1758.


    • Married Mary Power; married second, Judith Bassett.
    • father: John Lyons
    • mother: Catherine (Power) Lyons
    • spouses: Mary Power
    • Judith Bassett.
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    Born 1734
    Died July 30, 1809
    (aged 75)