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CATON, John Dean, jurist, born in Monroe, Orange County, New York, 19 March, 1812. He received an academical education in Utica and Rome, New York, and in 1833 became a lawyer in Chicago, Illinois In 1834 he was elected justice of the peace, the total number of votes cast being only 229. He became judge of the Illinois Supreme Court in 1842, was made chief justice in 1855, and resigned in 1864, having acquired wealth in business. He has travelled extensively through Europe, China, and Japan, and written "A Summer in Norway" (Chicago, 1875); "Antelope and Deer of America" (New York, 1877); and "Miscellanies" (Boston, 1880). Judge Caton has delivered many addresses, and contributed largely to the "American Naturalist" and other scientific journals. Among his papers is one that was read before the Chicago philosophical society on the subject of "Matter and a Supreme Intelligence" (Chicago, 1884).
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