Rufus Choate


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Choate, Rufus

(chōt), 1799–1859, American lawyer and Congressman, b. Essex co., Mass.; uncle of Joseph Hodges ChoateChoate, Joseph Hodges
, 1832–1917, American lawyer and diplomat, b. Salem, Mass.; nephew of Rufus Choate. After being admitted (1855) to the bar, he moved to New York City.
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. Admitted to the bar in 1823, Rufus Choate gained national reputation as a lawyer and as an orator. He served (1830–34) in the U.S. House of Representatives and sat (1841–45) in the U.S. Senate, completing the unexpired term of his friend Daniel WebsterWebster, Daniel,
1782–1852, American statesman, lawyer, and orator, b. Salisbury (now in Franklin), N.H. Early Career

He graduated (1801) from Dartmouth College, studied law, and, after an interval as a schoolmaster, was admitted (1805) to the bar.
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Bibliography

See biography by C. M. Fuess (1928, repr. 1970).

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