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FOOT, Samuel Alfred, jurist, born in Watertown, New York, 17 December 1790; died in Geneva, New York, 11 May 1878. He was graduated at Union in 1811, studied law in Milton, New York, and with his brother, Ebenezer Foot, of Albany, and was admitted to the bar in 1813. He was district attorney for Albany County in 1819'21, removed to New York City in 1825, and in 1844 to Geneva, N.Y. He was judge of the court of appeals in 1851, and in 1856'7 served two terms in the legislature, where he introduced resolutions condemning the Dred Scott decision. Judge Foot became a member of the African colonization society in 1851, and was president of the American Bible society in 1843'7. He warmly espoused the National cause in 1861, and had five sons in the army, three of whom lost their lives. At the time of his death he was probably the oldest practicing lawyer in the state. He received the degree of LL. D. from Hobart in 1834, and from Union in 1853. His autobiography was printed privately (2 vols., New York, 1873).
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