The father of author John Rodrigo Dos Passos, he was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1865, after studying law privately, and shortly afterward began a law practice in New York City. In 1882, he published Treatise on the Law of Stockbrokers and Stock Exchange which became a standard work in the field. Dos Passos was one of the early organizers and developers of trust companies including the infamous Sugar Trust. He was naturally a staunch opponent of the Sherman Anti-Trust legislation. In 1907, he published The American Lawyer, an insightful work that recognized the harm that the legal profession was doing to America and called for the adoption of a more moral approach to the law within the profession. His other works include Commercial Trusts (1901), Anglo-Saxon Century and the Unification of the English-speaking People (1903), Legislation vs. Capital and Labor (1914) and Eight Hour Law (1916).
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