- First name(s)
- Position(s) held at King's College London
- Professor of English Law, 1852-65
- Emeritus Professor of English Law, 1865-94
Education & professional details
- School, college and/or university attended
Rugby School (1830s); Cambridge, Caius and Queens (1839-43); Lincoln’s Inn (1843-46) when called to the bar); Middle Temple.
Hon. LL.D Edinburgh (1856)
- Position(s) held (non King's College London)
- Recorder of Poole;
- Revising Barrister on the Western Circuit (1861-4);
- Registrar of the Court of Bankruptcy, Leeds (1864-70);
- Judge of the County Court at Lincoln (1871-94).
- Edited his father, H.J.Stephen’s, New Commentaries on the Laws of England (vols. 2—8; 1848-1880); his son, Henry St.James Stephen, helped with editions after 1880;
- Author of The Common Law: Procedure Act 1860, with notes and Introduction (1860);
- Questions for law Students with Notes on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th editions of Stephen’s New Commentaries (1853-69).
- Date of birth
- 16 September 1820
- Place of birth
- Date of death
- 25 November 1894
- Place of death
Law Times, 1 December 1894, p.12.
- Family details
Son of Henry John Stephen, Serjeant at Law; married (1850) Caroline Neville Davies, daughter of Henry Davies, Professor of Gynaecology at St George’s Hospital, London; 7 surviving children; eldest son Henry St James Stephen, was a legal writer, barrister and solicitor; two sons were solicitors in Lincoln; two sons were medical practitioners and in the RAMC (1914-18)
The Stephen family included many lawyers, gifted writers of legal treatises, who from the outset supported the abolition of slavery. Like some members of the family James Stephen, avoided publicity; though a good lawyer he did not send his sons to University and his descendants received little note by comparison with their famous cousins.
- Alumni Cantabrigienses;
- J Foster, Men at the Bar (1892);
- F. Boase, Modern English Biography, vol.3, 1901;
- Paul Mitchell, Law and India at KCL, KC Law Journal, 17 (2006) p. 35.