David Dudley Field

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David Dudley Field

Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Death 13 Apr 1894 (aged 89)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 6844060 · View Source
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U.S. Congressman. He was a lawyer, who revised the law code of procedure. In 1821, he entered Williams College, but was suspended for his part in a riot on campus; however, in 1865, he donated $25,000 to establish the professorship of astronomy there. In 1825, he started his study of law in Albany, New York; he later went to New York City, where he entered the offices of Messrs. Henry & Robert Sedgewick. Henry soon died and David became a partner with Robert. In 1828, he started his own practice and was an attorney in New York City for 40 years; he presented cases to the Supreme Court, represented railroad moguls like Jay Gould and was the chief counsel for Boss Tweed. But soon after he became a lawyer, he also became interested in law reform, which was his life work. He simplified and arranged the whole code of civil, political and penal law. Although this code of procedure was prepared for New York State, it was adopted later by many other states, as well as some countries. He also helped create a commission to prepare an international code and he sat as a member of this commission. He was a delegate to the Peace Convention of 1861 in Washington D.C. and was a Representative to Congress from New York in 1877. He was also an active force with his voice, pen and purse to help gain the Union victory during the Civil War. He was married and widowed three times: first to Jane Lucinda Hopkins in 1829, second to Mrs. Harriet Davidson in 1841 and third to Mrs. Mary Carr in 1866. Besides his home in New York City, he had a country place in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he was a pioneer in a national movement to use the outdoors for recreation and to promote the environment. He was the brother to Cyrus West Field, promoter of the Atlantic Cable, and Stephen Johnson Field, Supreme Court Associate Justice.

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On Top:
David Dudley Field
Born Haddam, Connecticut February 13, 1805
Died New York City April 13, 1894
This is followed below by:
He devoted his life
To reform the law
To codify the common law
To simplify legal procedure
To substitute arbitration for war
To bring justice within reach of all men
On the other side is written:
"He asked life of Thee and Thou gavest him a long life" (Psalm 21:4)
"So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly and gave the sense and caused them to understand the reading" (Nehemiah 8:8)


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