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DEWEY, Charles Augustus, jurist, born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, 13 March 1793; died in Northampton, Massachusetts, 22 August 1866. He was a son of Daniel Dewey, who represented Berkshire County in congress in 1813. He was graduated at Williams in 1Sll, studied law with Theodore Sedgwick, of Stockbridge, and began the practice of the profession in Williamstown in 1814, where he remained until in 1826 he removed to Northampton. He served as U. S. district attorney from 1830 till 1837, when he was appointed the fifth judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. In 1840 he received from Harvard the degree of LL.D. Judge Dewey continued on the bench until his death, a period of twenty-nine years. He was a laborious member of the court, always taking upon himself his full share of the work, and never seeking to avoid any of the responsibilities of his office. Although not a brilliant lawyer, he was distinguished by the sound sense exercised in the consideration of all questions coming before him. He was thoroughly familiar with the entire body of statute law, as well as with that regulating mercantile transactions and charitable trusts, which latter received a large share of his attention at the beginning of his judicial career.
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