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EAMES, Charles, lawyer, born in New Braintree, Massachusetts, 20 March 1812; died in Washington, D. C., 16 March 1867. He was prepared for College at Leicester academy, was graduated at Harvard in 1831, and studied law in the Cambridge Law School, and with John Duer in New York. But ill health prevented him from practicing his profession, and in 1845 he accepted an office in the navy department in Washington. A few months "later he became associate editor of the Washington "Union," and was appointed by President Polk to be commissioner to the Sandwich islands to negotiate a treaty. In 1850 he returned and edited the Nashville " Union" for six months, after which he again held charge of the Washington " Union." After several years of journalism he was appointed minister to Venezuela by President Pierce, and remained there until 1857, when he resigned and returned to Washington, where he practiced his profession until his death. During the last five years of his life he attained a high reputation as an admiralty lawyer and for his knowledge of international law. He was a fine linguist and scholar, and possessed remarkable conversational power.
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