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AUSTIN, James Trecothic, lawyer, born in Boston, 7 January 1784; died there, 8 May 1870. He was the son of Jonathan L. Austin, and was graduated at Harvard in 1802. In 1806 he married the daughter of Elbridge Gerry. He was town advocate in 1809, member of the state legislature and attorney for the county of Suffolk in 1812-'32, and attorney general of Massachusetts in 1832-'43. He delivered an oration at Lexington on the 4th of July 1815, and subsequently was called upon for like services on other public occasions. Many of these orations were published, and he published a "Life of Elbridge Gerry" (Boston, 1828). In politics he was an anti-federalist, and was a pronounced opponent of the abolition movement.
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