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HALE, Robert Safford, lawyer, born in Chelsea, Vermont, 24 September, 1822; died in Elizabethtown, New York, 14 December, 1881. He was graduated at the University of Vermont in 1842, studied law, and was admitted to the bar at Elizabethtown, Essex County, New York, in 1847. He was surrogate and county judge from 1856 till 1864, regent of the University of New York from 1859 until his death, and presidential elector in 1860. He served as special counsel for the United States from 1868 till 1870, being charged with the defence of the "abandoned and captured property claims," and was agent and counsel for the United States before the American and British mixed commission, under the treaty of Washington, from 1871 till 1873. He was a member of congress from 1865 till 1867, and again from 1873 till i875.
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