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LEAVITT, Humphrey Howe, jurist, born in Suttield, Connecticut, 18 June, 1796; died in Springfield, Ohio, in March, 1873. He went with his father to Ohio in 1800, received a classical education, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1816. He settled at Cadiz, but soon removed to Steubenville, and, after being appointed prosecuting attorney, was chosen successively a member of both branches of the Ohio legislature in 1825-'6 and '7. He was then elected, as a Jackson Democrat, to congress, serving from 6 December, 1830, till 18 June, 1834, when he resigned, having been appointed by President Jackson judge of the United States court for the district of Ohio. This office he held for nearly forty years His opinions are contained in Bond's and McLean's reports and in Fisher's "Patent Cases," in which latter branch of the law he was deemed an authority. Judge Leavitt decided the Vallandigham case during the civil war, which Mr. Lincoln said was worth three victories to him. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, and sat as a delegate during eleven sessions of the general assembly.
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