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DENIO, Hiram, jurist, born in Rome, New York, 21 May 1799; died in Utica, New York, 5 November 1871. After a thorough education, he began to study law in his seventeenth year, was admitted to the bar in 1821, and began practice in Rome. He was district attorney in 1825'34, and in 1826 removed to Utica. He was circuit judge for the fifth circuit in 1834'8, and in 1836 formed a law partnership with Ward Hunt. In June 1853, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the bench of the court of appeals, and twice afterward was elected to the same office, serving till 1866. He had also been bank commissioner and clerk of the Supreme Court, and from 1835 till his death was a trustee of Hamilton College, which afterward gave him the degree of LL.D. Judge Denio was a democrat, but voted for Abraham Lincoln, and supported the war measures of the government. He was considered
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