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HEALY, John Plummer, lawyer, born in Washington, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, 28 December, 1810; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 4 January, 1882. His father, Joseph, was a representative in congress from 1825 till 1829, and a friend of Daniel Webster. The son was graduated at Dartmouth in 1835, supporting himself while in college by teaching. He then entered the office of Daniel Webster in Boston, won his confidence and friendship, and as soon as he had completed his studies became the law partner of the latter, which relation was maintained till Mr. Webster's death. During the incumbency of his partner as secretary of state Mr. Healy was offered the chief justiceship of California, but declined. In 1840 he was elected to the lower house of the legislature, serving several terms, and in 1854 he entered the state senate. He declined several times the post of chief justice of the supreme court of Massachusetts. From 1856 till the close of his life he was solicitor of the city of Boston.
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