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RUGER, William Crawford, jurist, born in Bridgewater, Oneida County, New York, 30 January, 1824. He was educated at Bridgewater academy, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1845; and practised in Bridgewater and Syracuse. He was counsel for the defendants in the "canal-ring" prosecutions that were instituted by Governor Samuel J. Tilden. He was a member of the Democratic national convention in 1872, and twice a candidate for congress In 1876 he was president of the convention in Albany at which the State bar association was formed. In 1882 he was elected chief judge of the New York court of appeals.
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