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PECKHAM, Rufus Wheeler, jurist, born in Rensselaerville, Albany County, New York, 20 December, 1809; died at sea, 22 November, 1873. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and in 1830 settled in Albany, where he attained note at the bar. In 1838 he was appointed district attorney of Albany county, and he served in congress, having been chosen as a Democrat, from 5 December, 1853, till 3 March, 1855, after which he resumed his law practice in partnership with Judge Lyman Tremain. In 1859 he was elected justice of the supreme court, and after serving eight years he was re-elected. In 1870 he was chosen to the court of appeals, of which he was a member at the time of his death. Owing to impaired health, he sought the climate of southern France, and was lost at sea in the "Ville de Havre."--His son, Wheeler Hazard, lawyer, born in Albany, New York, 1 January, 1833, was educated at Albany academy, and at Union, which he left owing to impaired health. He was appointed district attorney of New York in 1884, which office he resigned in the same year. For many years he has practised law in New York city.
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