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LORD, Daniel, lawyer, born in Stonington, Connecticut, 2 September, 1795; died in New York city, 4 March, 1868. He was graduated at Yale in 1814, studied law under George Griffin, of New York, and at the Litchfield, Connecticut, law-school, and in 1817 was admitted to the bar, settling in New York city. He gradually attained the highest rank in his profession, to which he devoted himself exclusively, steadily refusing all public office, and for forty years previous to his death there were few great civil cases before the United States or New York state courts in which he was not retained. His most noted cases include the Dutch Reformed and Methodist church cases, the "fire cases" growing out of the conflagration of 1835, the American life and trust cases, the Leake and Watts charity case, the Mason and Phelps will case, the foreign cases growing out of the financial crisis of 1837, the insurance cases that brought up the question of general average, and the argument before the United States supreme court of the " Hiawatha" prize cause in which the doctrines of war as bearing upon the public laws of prize and blockade were discussed. Yale gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1846.--His son, James Couper, philanthropist, born in New York city, 11 March, 1825; died there, 9 February, 1869, after receiving an academic education entered mercantile life, subsequently becoming associated in the ownership of the Boonton, New Jersey, iron-works. Mr. Lord took great interest in the improvement of the condition of his workmen, erecting two churches, and founding a library and a free reading-room for their use. He also founded in New York city in 1860 the " First Ward Industrial School," and for several years almost entirely supported that charity.
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