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KEYES, Emerson Willard, lawyer, born in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, 30 June, 1828. He was graduated at the State normal school, Albany, in 1848, and engaged in teaching for several years. He was deputy superintendent of public instruction of New York in 1857-'65, and acting superintendent in 1861-'2, during which time he was instrumental in organizing teachers' institutes. After studying law, he was adnlitted to the bar of Albany in 1862. In 1865 he was appointed deputy superintendent of the banking department of New York state, serving till 1870, and was also acting superintendent in 1865-'6, exercising great influence on the present system of banking. From 1870 till 1873 he was state bank examiner, and from 1879 till 1883 practised law in New York city, and was a member of the New York bar asso-elation. He is now (1887) connected with the board of education in Brooklyn, New York, as examiner of legal papers and questions relative to the laws of education, etc. He has published "New York Court of Appeals Reports " (4 vols., Albany, 1867-'9); " History of Savings-Banks in the United States" (2 vols., New York, 1876-'8); and "New York Code of Public Instruction" (Albany, 1879).
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