Law which gave the right to inherit estate to the first-born.

Exact DefinitionEdit

The right by law of the first-born to inherit the estate excluding younger siblings. It existed in all of the colonies.


Important because the American Revolution was the movement that sponsored equitable (equal) inheritance. That led to the abolishing of the law in states such as Georgia , North Carolina and eventually Rhode Island.

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