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MAXWELL, Hugh, soldier, born in Ireland, 27 April, 1733; died at sea, 14 October, 1799. His father, Hugh, brought him to New England in the year of his birth. He served during five campaigns m the old French wars, and was taken prisoner at Fort Edward, barely escaping with his life. In 1773 he removed to Charlemont (now Heath), Massachusetts He was lieutenant at Bunker Hill, where he was wounded, became major in Colonel John Bailey's regiment, 7 July, 1777, and at the close of the war became lieutenant-colonel His death occurred on his return from a visit to the West Indies.--His brother, Thompson, soldier, born in Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1742; died in 1825, was a ranger in the French war from 1758 till 1763. He assisted in destroying the tea in Boston harbor in 1773, and fought at Bunker Hill and Three Rivers. He was a member of the Massachusetts constitutional convention, but in 1800 removed to Miami county, Ohio. He was taken prisoner during the war of 1812-'15, and in 1814 was deputy barrack-master in Missouri.
MAXWELL, Hugh, lawyer, born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1787; died in New York city, 31 March, 1873. He was brought to this country in early childhood, graduated at Columbia college in 1808, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. He was made assistant judge-advocate-general in the United States army in 1814, in 1819 elected district attorney for New York county, serving by successive re-elections until 1829. Among his best-known cases were the "conspiracy trials," when Jacob Barker, the Quaker banker, Henry Eckford, the ship-builder, and others, were convicted of a conspiracy to defraud certain insurance companies. These trials were celebrated in several stanzas by Halleck, who commented with great severity on the course of "Mac Surll." The poem appears in the poet's life. Maxwell afterward became an active Whig, and from 1849 till 1852 was collector of the port of New York, after which he practised law again for a short time, and then retired from active life. He possessed a fine library, and at the time of his death was the oldest member of the St. Andrew's society, of which he was president in 1835.
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