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FIELD, Martin, lawyer, born in Leverett, Franklin County, Massachusetts, in 1773; died in Fayetteville, Vermont, in 1833. He was graduated at Williams in 1798, studied law at Chester, Vermont, and began practice at Newfane, Vermont, in 1800. He was a popular and successful jury lawyer, and for ten years filled the office of state attorney for Windham County. He was frequently chosen to the general assembly, and also sat in the Constitutional convention of Vermont. After practicing continuously for thirty years, he was compelled to retire on account of deafness. He then devoted himself to the study of geology and mineralogy, collecting a fine cabinet, which has since been presented to Middlebury College. He also wrote essays on those subjects.
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