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BREWER, David Josiah, jurist, born in Smyrna, Asia Minor, 20 June, 1837. He studied at Wesleyan University and at Yale, where he was graduated in 1856, studied law in the office of his uncle, David Dudley Field, in New York City, was graduated at Albany law-school in 1858, was admitted to the bar in New York City, engaged in farming in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in 1858-'9, removed to the west, and practiced his profession in Kansas City, No., and afterward in Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1861-'4 he was a United States commissioner, in 1862-'5 judge of probate and judge of the Leavenworth county criminal court, in 1865-'9 judge of the first judicial court of the state, and at the same time superintendent of public schools, in 1869-'70 City attorney, and in 1870-'81 judge of the Kansas Supreme Court. He filled the office also of vice-president, and subsequently that of president, of the board of education. In 1884 he was appointed United States judge for the eighth circuit.
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