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L00MIS, Arphaxed, lawyer, born in Winchester, Connecticut, 9 April, 1798; died in Little Falls, New York, 15 September, 1885. Early in life he accompanied his family to Herkimer county, New York, and worked on the home farm till he was fourteen years old, when his father hired him out as teacher of a district school. After teaching and studying law in Watertown and Sackett's Harbor, he was admitted co the bar, and practised in the latter place till 1827, when he removed to Little Falls, New York He was county judge and surrogate from 1827 till 1837, first judge in 1835-'40, and in 1837-'9 sat in congress, having been chosen as a Democrat. He was a member of the New York assembly in 1841, and of the State constitutional convention in 1846, and a commissioner to revise the code of practice in 1847 with Nicholas Hill and David Graham Mr. Hill shortly afterward resigned and was replaced by David Dudley Field. The committee reported a code of procedure, which went into operation in 1848. In 1842, as chairman of the assembly judiciary committee, Judge Loomis had prepared a "bill to improve the administration of justice," and his interest in law reform continued from this time. Judge Loomis was an able public speaker and wrote much for the press on political subjects. He published in pamphlet-form a "Historic Sketch of the New York System of Law Reform" (Little Falls, New York, 1879).
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