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WAIT, William, lawyer, born in Ephratah, New York, 2 February, 1821 ; died in Johnstown, New York, 29 December, 1880. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1846, and became district attorney of Fulton county, New York, in 1848. In 1856 he held the office of school commissioner. As a law-writer Mr. Wait was painstaking and accurate. Few legal works have been more widely known or more generally cited as authority than his. He was the author of "The Law and Practice in Civil Actions and Proceedings in Justices' Courts and on Appeals to the County Courts in the State of New York" (2 vols., Albany, 1865); " New York Annotated Code of Procedure" (1871); " A Table of Cases affirmed, revised, or cited in the Reports of the State of New York" (1872) ; " The Practice in Courts of Record of the State of New York" (1872); and "Wait's Actions and Defences at Law and in Equity" (7 vols., 1876-'9). Mr. Wait also edited an American edition of Herbert Broom and Edward A. Hadley's "Commentaries on the Law of England " (2 vols., Albany, 1875), and prepared a continuation of Clinton's " Digest of New York Reports," which was published as "Clinton and Wait's Digest of New York Reports" (1876).
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