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EDDY, Samuel, jurist, born in Johnston, R. I., 31 March 1769; died in Providence, R. I., 2 February 1839. He was graduated at Brown in 1787, and studied law, but was not long in active practice. He was clerk of the Rhode Island Supreme Court in 1790'3, secretary of state in 17981819, and in the latter year was elected to congress as a Democrat without opposition, serving three terms until 1825. He was chief justice of the state Supreme Court in 1827'35. Brown gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1801. Judge Eddy contributed to the collections of the Massachusetts historical society, and published "Reasons for My Opinions" (Providence, 1818).
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