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CUSHING, Luther Stearns, jurist, born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, 22 June 1803; died in Boston, 22 June 1856. He was the only graduate at the Harvard law-school in 1826. For some years after leaving College he was associated with Charles Sumner and George S. Hillard in the editorship of "The American Jurist and Law Magazine" in Boston, when in 1832 he was made clerk of the House of Representatives, an office which he held for fourteen years. In 1844 he was chosen a member of the legislature, then for four years was judge of the court of common pleas in Boston, after which he became reporter of the decisions of the Supreme Court of the commonwealth, and prepared twelve volumes (55 to 66 inclusive) of law reports, extending from 1850 to the time of his death. In 1848 he became lecturer on Roman law in Harvard law-school, and filled the chair until his death. His name is best known in connection with his "Manual of Parliamentary Practice" (Boston, 1844), which immediately became an authority for proceedings in deliberative assemblies. He also published a " Treatise on Trustee Process" (1837); "Treatise on Remedial Law" (1837); English translation of Savigny's " Recht des Besitzes," law of possession (1838); translation of Pothier's "De la vente," contract of sale (1839); translation of Mattermaier on "Effect of Drunkenness on Criminal Responsibility" (1841); translation of Domat's " Les lois civiles darts leur ordre natu-rel" (1850); "Reports of Controverted Election Cases in Massachusetts" (1852); "Introduction to the Study of Roman Civil Law" (1854); and "Lex Parliamentaria Americana," a comprehensive work on parliamentary law (1856).
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