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GRAHAM, David, lawyer, born in London, England, 8 February, 1808 : died in Nice, France, 27 May, 1852. At the time of his birth, Mr. Graham's father, an Irishman, was leaving Great Britain for political reasons. The son was educated partly at Colum-big and partly under the supervision of his father, who, according to Professor Charles Anthon, was one .of the best scholars in the country. Young Graham studied law, and was admitted to the bar. During 1842 he served as corporation counsel. He was subsequently appointed, in conjunction with Arphaxad Loomis and David Dudley Field, " to revise, reform, simplify, and abridge the rules of practice, pleadings, forms, and proceedings of the courts of record " of the state of New York, under the constitution adopted 3 November, 1846. This was the forerunner of the present system of practice, and occupied Mr. Graham and his associates several years. Meantime he was successful as a lawyer, especially in criminal cases. In the trial of Bishop Benjamin T. Onderdonk before the house of bishops in 1844, Mr. Graham, as counsel for the defendant, added greatly to his reputation. On the opening" of the New York University in the spring of 1838, he was appointed professor of the law of pleading and practice. Mr. Graham is the author of " Practice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York " (New York, 1832). It passed through a second edition (1836), and he had finished revising the first volume of a third (1847) at the time of his death. He also published '" New Trials " (1834 ; new ed., greatly enlarged, by D. Graham, Jr., and Thomas W. Watterman, 3 vols., 1856), and "Courts of Law and Equity in the State of New York" .(New York, 1839). In addition to the above, he issued an annotated edition of Smith's " Chancery Practice," which was published as the second American edition of that work in 1842.
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