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WALL, Garret Dorset, senator, born in Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, 10 March, 1783; died in Burlington, New Jersey, 22 November, 1850. He received an academical education, studied law at Trenton, and was licensed in 1804 as an attorney, and in 1807 as a counsellor at law. At one time during the war of 1812 he commanded a volunteer company from Trenton at Sandy Hook. He was clerk of the state supreme court in 1812-'17, and quartermaster-general of New Jersey in 1815-'37. In 1827 he was chosen to the legislature and in 1829 he was elected governor, but declined the office to accept that of United States district attorney. From 1835 till 1841 he sat in the United States senate, and from 1849 till his death he was a judge of the court of errors and appeals.--His son James Walter, senator, born in Trenton, New Jersey, 26 May, 1820; died in Elizabeth, New Jersey, 9 June, 1872, was graduated at Princeton in 1838, studied law with Daniel Haines; was admitted to the bar in 1841, and began to practise in his native place, holding the office of commissioner in bankruptcy. He removed to Burlington, New Jersey, in 1847, and devoted himself to literary pursuits, becoming mayor of the city in 1854. During the early part of the civil war he attacked the administration for interfering with the liberty of the press, writing a severe letter to Montgomery Blair, and he was imprisoned for several weeks in Fort Lafayette. It is said that he offered to furnish 20,000 Belgian rifles to the so-called "Knights of the Golden Circle" for use against the United States government. He was chosen to the United States senate in 1863 to fill the unexpired term of John R. Thomson, deceased, and served from 21 January till 3 March of that year. In 1869 he removed to Elizabeth. Mr. Wall's publications in-elude "Foreign Etchings" (Burlington, 1856); "Essays on the Early English Poets." which appeared in the " Knickerbocker Magazine"; and various essays and addresses.
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