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LORD, Otis Phillips, jurist, born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, 11 July, 1812" died in Salem, Massachusetts, 13 March, 1884. He was graduated at Amherst in 1832, and at the Harvard law-school in 1836, subsequently settling in Ipswich and afterward in Salem, where he practised his profession. He was a member of the Massachusetts legislature in 1847-'54, serving in the latter year as speaker, was a member of the Constitutional convention in 1853, and from 1859 till 1875 an associate justice of the state superior court. On the dissolution of the Whig party, of which he had been a member, he was nominated for congress in 1858 by an independent convention, and was defeated then, and again in 1860, when he was the candidate of the Constitutional union party. During the civil war he was pro-slavery in his politics, and in 1866 he published a series of articles opposing the 15th constitutional amendment He was elevated to the supreme bench in 1875, and held office till his retirement in 1882. Amherst gave him the degree of LL. D. in 1869.
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