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LARNED, Edwin Channing, lawyer, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 14 July, 1820; died in Lake Forest, Illinois, 18 September, 1884. His father was a merchant of Providence, and his grandfather, William Lamed, served in the war of the Revolution. Edwin was graduated at Brown in 1840. After graduation he was professor of mathematics for one year in Kemper college, Wisconsin he then studied law with Albert (2 Greene, marrying one of the daughters of his preceptor, and in 1847 removing to Chicago. He was an enthusiastic anti-slavery man, and gained his first celebrity by a speech in 1851, in answer to one by Stephen A. Douglas, on the fugitive-slave law. It was published in pamphlet-form, and was called by Mr. Douglas the best that had been made on that side of the question. In Chicago he was identified with many works of public interest. He was a warm friend of Abraham Lincoln, and in 1860 made speeches in his support. Afterward he was an active member of the Union defence committee, and by his writings and speeches did much to promote its objects. Mr. Lincoln appointed Mr. Larned United States district attorney for the northern district of Illinois in 1861, but he lost his health and was obliged to go to Europe for rest. After the war he continued his practice as a lawyer for a time, and then went to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to live while his son was in Harvard. Immediately after the Chicago fire in 1871 he returned to Chicago and devoted himself to the work of the Relief and aid society. In 1872-'3 he again visited Europe with his family. He wrote many letters from abroad for the press, and his published speeches and writings would fill a large volume. Failing health again obliged him to retire from active practice, but he continued to write, and produced a "Life of Swedenborg," not yet published, and many articles for the press. See "Memorial of Edwin Channing Lamed" (Chicago, 1886).
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