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PREBLE, William Pitt, jurist, born in York, Maine, 27 November, 1783 ; died in Portland, Maine, 11 October, 1857. He was graduated at Harvard in 1806, and was tutor in mathematics there in 1809-'11. In 1813 he was appointed United States district attorney, and became a leader of the Democratic party. In 1818 he removed to Portland, which he represented in the State constitutional convention of 1819, and was one of its most influential members. On the inauguration of the new state government of 1820 he was appointed a judge of the supreme court. In 1829 he was made United States minister to the Netherlands, and he subsequently held other public offices. He was the first president of the Atlantic and St. Lawrence railroad company in 1847, and published pamphlets relating to this corporation (1845-'7). Bowdoin gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1829.
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