Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry - Education and Early Legal Career

Education and Early Legal Career

He entered Balliol College, Oxford, in 1592, and the Inner Temple in 1594, becoming bencher of the society in 1614, reader in 1616, and holding the office of treasurer from 1617 till 1621.

His exceptional legal abilities were rewarded early with official promotion. On 16 November 1616 he was made recorder of London in spite of Francis Bacon's opposition, who, although allowing him to be "a well trained and an honest man," objected that he was "bred by my Lord Coke and seasoned in his ways." On 14 March 1617 he was appointed Solicitor General and was knighted.

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