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FIELD, William Hildreth, lawyer, born in New York city, 16 April, 1843. He was graduated at Union college in 1863, and at Columbia college law-school in 1865. He was taken into partnership by Judge John W. Edmonds, and remained with him until his death in 1874. He was elected president of the Catholic club of New York in June, 1887, and reelected in i888. Under his management this body has become the most influential Roman Catholic organization in the state. He has tried many cases before the court of appeals, some of great public importance, involving the interpretation of statutes, in which the law has been settled in accordance with the construction that he advocated. He edited, with Judge Edmonds, "Statutes at Large of the State of New York " (9 vols., Albany, 1863-'75).
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