Hale is in the American pantheon not because of what he did but because of why he did it.
"You are old, Father William." the young man cried,"The few locks which are left you are grey;You are hale, Father William—a hearty old man:Now tell me the reason, I pray."Robert Southey
HENRY: Now it is necessary to court her, and win her, and put on this clean dressing gown, and cut my various nails, and drink something that will kill the millions of germs in my mouth, and say something flattering, and be witty and bonny, and hale and kinky, all just to ease this wrinkle in the groin. It seems a high price.Donald Barthelme
"You are old, Father William," the young man cried, "The few locks which are left you are gray; You are hale, Father William, a hearty old man: Now tell me the reason, I pray."Robert Southey
I will not say with Lord hale, that "the law will admit of no rival, and nothing to go even with it;" but I will say, that it is a jealous mistress, and requires a long and constant courtship. It is not to be won by trifling favours, but by a lavish homage.joseph story
I once before had occasion to refer to the opinion of a most eminent Judge, who was a great Crown lawyer, upon the subject, I mean Lord hale; who even in his time lamented the too great strictness which had been required in indictments, and which had grown to be a blemish and inconvenience in the law; and observed that more offenders escaped by the over easy ear given to exceptions in indictments than by their own innocence.
Judicial decisions in Courts of justice are ranked by Lord hale as one of the grounds or constituents of the common law.