|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1831|
|Death: ||Apr. 19, 1896|
Noted lawyer, novelist, and academic. He was a lawyer and academic born in Boston, Mass., the son of Jacob Abbott. He is probably best remembered as being the government counsel in the trial of Charles J. Guiteau for the assassination of President James Garfield. He graduated from New York University in 1851. The following year, he was admitted to the bar and became a partner with his brothers Benjamin Vaughan and Lyman in the legal firm Abbott Bros., a firm he stayed with through 1870. He aided his brother Benjamin in the preparation of his well-known digests of laws and was himself a prolific legal author. His works, mostly of a practical character, included a comprehensive digest of New York Statutes and Reports, a treatise on Trial Practice, and a useful collection of legal forms, all of which proved to be useful to the profession. He married Ella E. D. Gilman in 1854.
He assisted commissioners in preparing the codes of New York in 1865. In 1875, he gained a national reputation as counsel for Henry Ward Beecher in Theodore Tilton's suit against him.
In 1881, he took the case against Guiteau and won. The case was one of the first highly publicized uses of the insanity defense in the United States. He would later become the dean of the law school at New York University, and the professor of pleading, equity, and evidence there as well. He was Dean of the Law School of the University of the City of New York from 1891 until his death.
He wrote several books and novels
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