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FIELD, Maunsell Bradhurst, lawyer, born in New York City, 26 March 1822; died there, 24 January 1875. He was graduated at Yale in 1841, spent two years in foreign travel, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1847, associating himself in the practice of his profession with John Jay. He again visited Europe in 1848, and a third time in 1854, when he accepted the appointment of secretary to the American legation in Paris, under John Y. Mason. He subsequently became connected with the Spanish legation under Pierre Soul6. In 1855 he was appointed president of the American commissioners to the universal exhibition in Paris. In 1861 he was assigned to the U. S. deputy sub-treasurership in the City of New York, and afterward served as assistant secretary of the treasury in Washington, D. C., which office he was compelled to resign in 1865, through failing health. He was four years collector of internal revenue for the 6th district of New York, from which he retired, in 1869, to resume the practice of law. In 1873 he was appointed judge of the 2d district court of New York City to fill a vacancy, and held the office until 1874. , Judge Field was in early life a Democrat, but on the second election of President Lincoln voted with the Republicans. He is the author of "Adrian, or the Clouds of the Mind," written in collaboration with the English novelist, G. P. R. James (New York, 1852), and "Memoirs of Many Men and Some Women" (1874). He also published a small volume of poems (1869). His "Memoirs," which are entertaining reminiscences of his sojourn abroad, were widely circulated.
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