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HAND, Augustus C., jurist, born in Stoneham, Vermont, 4 September, 1803; died in Elizabethtown, Essex County, New York, 8 March, 1878. He studied law at the Litchfield, Connecticut, school, and, removing to Elizabethtown, New York, was soon afterward appointed surrogate of Essex county. He served in congress in 1839-'41, having been chosen as a Democrat, and was a member of the state senate and chairman of its judiciary committee in 1845-'8. He was elected a justice of the state supreme court in 1848, and on this bench and that of the court of appeals he sat until his defeat for the latter office in 1855. He then resumed the practice of his profession, in which he continued till his death. He was a delegate to the National Democratic convention of 1868.--His son, Samuel, jurist, born in Elizabethtown, New York, 1 May, 1834; died in Albany, New York, 21 May, 1886, was graduated at Union college in 1851, and practised law with his father in Elizabethtown till his removal in 1860 to Albany. He was corporation counsel for the city of Albany in 1863, reporter of the court of appeals in 1869-'72, and in June, 1878, be was appointed judge in the supreme court to fill out the unexpired term of William M. Allen, but returned to practice in the autumn of the same year. He declined the Democratic nomination for governor, and also the appointment of judge of the superior court in 1875, and was one of the commissioners for the reform of the municipal government. In 1885 he was president of the special water commission of Albany. Judge Hand had a large practice before the court of appeals of New York. He was senior counsel in all the elevated railroad eases, represented the state against the canal contractors, and frequently declined to be a candidate for public office during his latter years, he collected one of the most valuable libraries in the state, was president of the Young men's Christian association of Albany in 1863, and of the New York state bar association in 1865, and received the degree of LL.D. froth Union in 1884. He edited "The Philobiblon of Chancellor Debury" (Albany, 1861).
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