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Field, Walbridge Abner, 1833-1899



  • Existence: 1833 - 1899

Walbridge Abner Field was born on April 26, 1833 in North Springfield, Vermont. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1855, after which he studied law in Boston and at Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the bar and began practicing law shortly after. In 1865, Field was appointed Assistant United States Attorney, serving until 1869 when he was appointed Assistant Attorney General of the United States. He resigned from the latter in 1870 and resumed the practice of law in Boston. Field served in Congress from 1877-1878 and 1879-1881 after which he was appointed by Governor John Davis Long to the bench of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He was promoted by Governor John Quincy Adams Brackett to the position of Chief Justice on September 4, 1890 and served until his death in Boston on July 15, 1899.

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Waldbridge Field scrapbooks

Identifier: MS-683
Overview Walbridge Abner Field (1833-1899), lawyer, jurist and politician. The collection contains scrapbooks containing clippings, circulars and broadsides chronicling primarily his judicial career.