1733, Chief Justice of the King's Bench, as successor to Lord Raymond; in 1737, Chancellor, with the title of Baron Hardwicke (his name was Philip Yorke); in 1754 he was created Earl of Hardwicke.
He resigned his high office in 1756, and died in 1764.
His influence in the House of Lords is said to have been greater than that of any other person in the kingdom.
But it is as a great magistrate that he commands the homage of the bar. It is said that, during the twenty years that he presided in erulousness, which would vindicate for him a place with the irritable race, who want the sterner stuff out of which lawyers are made.
He was the son of an eminent attorney in London, and was born in 1741.
In 1760 he entered Lincoln's Inn, and in 1764 took chambers there, and began practice in Chancery.
His name first became familiar to the public in the seventh year of his call to the bar, when he delivered an elaborate argument in behalf of Somerset, a negro, before the King's Bench, in Hil