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FULLER, Melville Weston, jurist, born in Augusta, Maine, 11 February, 1833. He was graduated at Bowdoin in 1853, studied law in Bangor with his uncle, George 3I. Weston, and then at Harvard, and began to practise in 1855 in his native city. There he was an associate editor of the "Age." served as president of the common council, and became city attorney in 1856 ; but he resigned in June of that year, and removed to Chicago, Illinois, where he was in active practice for thirty-two years. He rose to the highest rank in his profession, and was concerned in many important cases, among which were the National bank tax cases, one of which was the first that was argued before Chief-Justice Waite, the Cheney ecclesiastical case, the South park commissioners cases, and the Lake front case. He was a member of the State constitutional convention of 1862, and in 1863-'5 of the lower house of the legislature, where he was a leader of the Douglas branch of the Democratic party. He was a delegate to the Democratic national conventions of 1864, 1872, 1876, and 1880. On 30 April, 1888, he was nominated by President Cleveland to be chief justice of the United States, and on 20 July he was confirmed by the senate. On 8 October he took the oath of office and entered on his duties Judge Fuller is, with one exception, the youngest member of the supreme court He has attained reputation as a speaker Among his addresses is one welcoming Stephen A. Douglas to Chicago in 1860, and another on Sidney Breese, which is prefixed to Judge Breese's "Early History of Illinois" (1884). The degree of LL. D. has been conferred on him by the Northwestern university, and Bowdoin college in 1888.
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