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DEAN, Gilbert, jurist, born in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, New York, 14 August 1819; died in Poughkeepsie, 12 October 1870. He was graduated at Yale in 1841. Afterward he studied law, was admitted to the bar in Connecticut, and in May 1844, in New York. He practiced in Poughkeepsie in 1844'55, and then removed his office to New York City. He was chosen to congress from the districts composed of Dutchess and Putnam counties, and served from 1851 till 1853; was reelected for a second term, but resigned to accept the office of justice of the Supreme Court of New York, to which he was appointed by the governor, in June 1854, to fill the unexpired term of Seward Barculo, deceased. He served on the bench almost eighteen months, and was during the last year (1855) one of the judges of the court of appeals.
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