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DANFORTH, George Franklin, jurist, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 5 July 1819. He was graduated at Union in 1840, and, after studying law, began practice in Rochester, New York, where he was eminently successful, and soon rose to the front rank of the profession. In 1876 he was the republican candidate for judge of the court of appeals of the state of New York, but was defeated by Robert Earl. Two years later he was again nominated for a similar office, and after being elected took his seat on the bench, 1 January 1879.
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