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CHAUNCEY, Charles, jurist, born in Durham, Connecticut, 11 June, 1747 ; died in New Haven, Connecticut, 28 April, 1823. He was admitted to the bar in November, 1768, removed to New Haven, and became state's attorney in 1776, He was a judge of the superior court from 1789 till 1793, and was for forty years a lecturer on jurisprudence. Judge Chauncey was the principal founder and the president of the first agricultural society in Connecticut. He was given the degree of A. M. by Yale in 1779, and that of LL.D. by Middlebury in 1811.-His son, Charles, born in New Haven, 17 August, 1777; died in Burlington, New Jersey, 30 August, 1849, was graduated at Yale in 1792, and received the degree of LL.D. from the same College in 1827. He removed to Philadelphia, was admitted to the bar there in 1799, and soon attained distinction, though he had for competitors such men as John Sargeant and Horace Binney. He declined various civil and judicial offices, preferring to practice law.
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