The Commentaries were tremendous achievements, and evidence immense industry and legal knowledge, and themselves entitled him to be ranked as a jurist of the first rank. --Walker, Oxford Companion to Law 1192
Taking the Federalist as the basis of his Commentaries, he advocates a liberal construction of the palladium of our liberties. --Marvin, Legal Bibliography 669
About the Author
Apart from James Kent, no legal scholar has had greater influence on American law than Justice Story [1779-1845], who was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1811.