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Kent, James, 1763-1847

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1763 - 1847

James Kent (July 31, 1763, Fredericksburg, Dutchess County, New York – December 12, 1847, New York City) was an American jurist and legal scholar. He was the author of Commentaries on American Law. He graduated from Yale College in 1781, having helped establish the Phi Beta Kappa Society there in 1780, and began to practice law at Poughkeepsie, New York in 1785 as an attorney, and in 1787 at the bar. In 1791 and 1792-93 Kent was a member from Dutchess County of the New York State Assembly. In 1793, he removed to New York City, where he was appointed a master in chancery for the city.Kent was the first professor of law in Columbia College in 1793-98 and again served in the Assembly in 1796-97. In 1797, he was appointed Recorder of New York City and in 1798, a justice of the New York Supreme Court, in 1804 Chief Justice, and in 1814 Chancellor of New York.

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Mss 818476.1
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Identifier: Mss 818476.1
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James Kent letter

Mss 824525.1
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Identifier: Mss 824525.1
Overview In English.