St. Thomas More was born February 6, 1478, martyred, July 6, 1535. He was a servant of God, husband, father, lawyer, statesman, public servant, and martyr who showed lawyers and lay people how to rightly order their lives, serving God first.
During his lifetime he earned a reputation as a leading humanist scholar and occupied many public offices, including that of Lord Chancellor from 1529 to 1532. He is recognized as having a major influence on developing equity as an additional legal system in English law. He was fluent in Greek and Latin, authored Utopia, his most famous writing, followed by History of King Richard III, Defense of the Seven Sacraments, and many more scholarly and literary works.
In 1935, four hundred years after his death, More was canonized in the Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI, and was later declared the patron saint of statesmen and lawyers.