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FOOTE, Elisha, commissioner of patents, born in Lee, Massachusetts, 1 August 1809; died in St. Louis, No., 29 October 1883. He was educated at the Albany institute, and studied law with Judge Daniel Cady in Johnstown, New York, meanwhile supporting himself by teaching and surveying. After being admitted to the bar, he settled in western New York, and was district attorney and then judge of the court of common pleas of Seneca County. His specialty was patent law, and he made several valuable inventions. In 1864 he was appointed to the board of appeals at the U. S. patent office, where from July 1868, until April 1869, he was commissioner.
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