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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The meaning of the term "Gentlemen"

The term "gentleman" is attached to names in the 17th century records. It was intended to convey a meaning that had been defined with legal precision. According to the great English lawyer, Coke, it was an error to designate a man a "gentleman" unless he possessed the undeniable privilege of bearing arms. In Virginia it was used to denote a person of influence.

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