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HARRINGTON, Samuel Maxwell, jurist, born in Dover, Delaware, 5 February, 1803; died in Philadelphia, 28 November, 1865. He was graduated at Washington college, Charlestown, Maryland, in 1823, with the first honors of his class, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. He was appointed secretary of state of Delaware in 1829, and again in 1830, and in the following year was selected to fill a vacancy on the bench of the state supreme court, and became its chief justice, holding the office until the court was united with the superior court. In the latter he sat as associate justice until 1855, when he was again made chief justice. In 1857 he succeeded to the chancellorship, the highest judicial office in the state. In 1849 he had been placed at the head of a commission to revise and codify the laws, and received a vote of thanks from the legislature. During the civil war Judge Harrington was a staunch supporter of the government, and did much to strengthen the administration of Mr. Lincoln. In 1854 he received the honorary degree of LL. D. He is the author of "Reports of the Supreme Court of Delaware" (3 vols., Dover, 1837-'44).
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