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ROCKWELL, John Arnold, jurist, born in Norwich, Connecticut, 27 August, 1803; died in Washington, D. C., 10 February, 1861. He was graduated at Yale in 1822, and studied and practised law in Norwich. He was a state senator in 1838-'9, became judge of the New London county court in 1840, and in 1845 was elected to congress, serving two terms. Among the measures that he introduced was one for commuting the spirit ration in the navy for its equivalent in money. As chairman of the committee on claims he was the chief originator of the court of claims in Washington, to which he mainly confined his practice after his service in congress. He was the author of a standard treatise on "Spanish and American Law in Relation to Mines and Titles to Real Estate" (2 vols., New York, 1851-'2).
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