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PICKERING, John, jurist, born in Newington, New Hampshire, 22 September, 1737; died in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 11 April, 1805. He was graduated at Harvard in 1761, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and was a member of the New Hampshire constitutional convention. In 1787 he was elected a member of the convention that framed the constitution of the United States, but he declined to serve. He was judge of the supreme court of New Hampshire in 1790-'5, and at one time chief justice, and subsequently judge of the United States district court for New Hampshire ; but his mind became impaired, and he was removed from office in 1804. Dartmouth gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1792.
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