"- They're only in the hook and eye department, Myles Crawford said. Psha! Press and the bar! Where have you a man now at the bar like those fellows, like Whiteside," (U7.705)
From EB11: James Whiteside (1804 - 1876) was an Irish politician and judge. The son of William Whiteside, a clergyman of the Church of Ireland, he was educated at Trinity College, being called to the Irish bar in 1830. He very rapidly acquired a large practice, and after taking silk in 1842 he gained a reputation for forensic oratory surpassing that of all his contemporaries, and rivalling that of his most famous predecessors of the 18c. He defended Daniel O'Connell in the state trial of 1843, and William Smith O'Brien in 1848; his greatest triumph was in the Yelverton case in 1861. He was elected member for Enniskillen in 1851, and in 1859 became member for Dublin University. In Parliament, he was no less successful as a speaker than at the bar, and in 1852 was appointed Solicitor-General for Ireland in the first administration of the earl of Derby, becoming attorney general in 1858, and again in 1866. In the same year he was appointed chief justice of the Queen's Bench. Whiteside was a man of handsome presence, attractive personality and cultivated tastes.