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BURRILL, Alexander M., legal writer, born in 1807; died in Kearney, New Jersey, 7 February, 1869. He was graduated at Columbia, in 1824, with the highest honors of the class, studied several years in the office of Chancellor Kent, and was admitted to the New York bar in 1828. He was remarkable for his scholarly precision and discrimination in the use of language. He published " Practice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York" (2 vols., 1840; 2d ed., 3 vols., 1846);" Law Dictionary and Glossary" (2 vols., New York, 1850); "Law and Practice of Voluntary Assignments" (1853); and " Circumstantial Evidence" (1856). He also aided in compiling " Worcester's Dictionary."
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