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HERRING, Elbert, jurist, born in Stratford, Connecticut, 8 July, 1777; died in New York city, 20 February, 1876. He was graduated at Princeton in 1795, stud-led law, and practised in New York city. Charles O'Conor was one of his law-students. He was judge of the marine court there from its establishment in 1805 till 1808, and a few years later was re-appointed. He was a friend of De Witt Clinton, who made him the first register of the state of New York in 1812, an office which he held for five years. In July, 1832, President Jackson appointed him the first commissioner of Indian affairs. He filled this post till July, 1836. A few years later he retired from active life, but remained hale till the end of his career of almost a century.
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