“The Phrase “Man’s Best Friend” originated in a court of law. Back in October 28, 1869, A man’s dog (named old drum), was shot to death by a neighboor.
“Animals had no rights back in those days, but the man wanted justice and so he hired 3 lawyers to sue the man who shot his dog.
One of these lawyers, named George Graham Vest, is given credit for originally coining the phrase “Man’s Best Friend” during his final summation to the jury.
By the time he was finished with his speech, the jury only took 2 minutes to reach a verdict. The jury awarded the victim $5 (a very large amount of money back then).
The jury also wanted the man to be sent to prison, but there were no laws governing this type of incident back then so the judge was not able to honor the jury’s request for prison time.This is a record of the final summation given by the lawyer… ”
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