FIELD, David Dudley

1805–1894

Biography

FIELD, David Dudley, a Representative from New York; born in Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., February 13, 1805; educated by private tutors; was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1825; studied law in Albany, N.Y., and New York City; was admitted to the bar in 1828 and commenced practice in New York City; author of many works on political, civil, and criminal procedure; unsuccessful candidate for election to the State assembly in 1841; member of the commission on legal practice and procedure 1847-1850; member of a State commission to prepare a political, penal, and civil code 1857-1865; member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Smith Ely, Jr., and served from January 11 to March 3, 1877; resumed the practice of law; died in New York City April 13, 1894; interment in Stockbridge Cemetery, Stockbridge, Mass.

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External Research Collections

Connecticut Historical Society

Hartford, CT
Papers: In the David Dudley Field Papers, 1760-1863, 1 box. Other authors include David Dudley Field's son, David Dudley, Jr.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Lyman Trumbull Papers, ca. 1843-1894, 13 linear feet. Correspondents include David Dudley Field. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the Gideon Welles Papers, ca. 1777-1911, 18 linear feet. Correspondents include David Dudley Field. A finding aid is available in the library.

New York Public Library
Humanities - Manuscripts and Archives

New York, NY
Papers: In the Charlotte Augusta Southwick Waddell Papers, ca. 1860-1890, 0.08 linear foot Other authors include David Dudley Field.

Stockbridge Library Association Historical Collections

Stockbridge, MA
Papers: In the Field Family Papers, 1803-1941, approximately 2000 items and 1 carton. Persons represented include David Dudley Field, Jr. An inventory is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Field, David Dudley. Address of David Dudley Field. Philadelphia: Dando Printing and Publishing Company, 1889.

------. Amelioration of the Laws of War Required by Modern Civilization. Shanklin: Printed at the "Isle of Wight Guardian" Office, [1887?]

------. Applicability of International Law to Oriental Nations. New York: J. Polhemus, printer [1875].

------. Argument of David Dudley Field, Esq., before the Supreme Court of the United States, March 12th and 13th, 1866. [Washington?: N.p., 1866?]

------. The Army Bill. [New York?: N.p., 1877?]

------. The Civil Code. [New York: N.p., 1884].

------. The Code of Evidence of New York. Reported completed by the Commissioners Feb. 1889, [also] Notes of the Commissioners to the Code of Evidence. [New York: N.p., 1889].

------. Codification. Philadelphia: Printed for the Law Academy, 1886.

------. The Danger of Throwing the Election of President into Congress. [Washington: N.p., 1860].

------. Draft Outlines of an International Code. New York: Diossy, 1872.

------. The Duties of the State. London: Liberty & Property Defense League, [1890?]

------. The electoral votes of 1876: Who should count them, what should be counted, and the remedy for a wrong count. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1877.

------. Emotional Insanity. New York: Russell Brothers, printers, 1873.

------. In the matter of William A. Bowles, petitioner: Argument of Mr. David Dudley Field, for the petitioner. New York: Printed by William J. Read, 1866.

------. An international code: Address on this subject, before the Social Science Association, at Manchester, October 5, 1866. New York: W.J. Read, 1867.

------. The latest edition of the New York Code of Civil Procedure. Correspondence between Cephas Brainerd and others and David Dudley Field. New York: Baker, Voorhis & Co., 1878.

------. The Lawyer and his clients. The rights and duties of lawyers; the rights and duties of the press; the opinions of the public. Correspondence of Messrs. David Dudley and Dudley Field, of the New York Bar, with Mr. Samuel Bowles, of the "Springfield Republican". [Springfield, Mass.: Republican Office, 1871].

------. Legal reform. An address to the graduating class of the Law School of the University of Albany, delivered March 23, 1855. Published by the class. Albany: W. C. Little & Co., 1855.

------. Outlines of an International Code. 2nd ed. New York: Baker, Voorhis & Co., 1876. Reprint, Buffalo, N.Y.: W.S. Hein, 2001.

------. The President's Relations to the Army. [New York?: N.p., 1877?]

------. A short response to a long discourse. [New York: N.p., 1884].

------. Some Reprehensible Practices of American Government: Address before the Reform Club of New York, January 10, 1890. New York: Reform Club, 1890.

------. Speech of David Dudley Field, delivered at Troy: Reasons why naturalized citizens should vote for Fremont. [Troy, N.Y.?: N.p., 1856?]

------. Speeches, arguments and miscellaneous papers of David Dudley Field. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1884-90.

------. The Vote that Made the President. New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1877.

Field, Henry M. The Life of David Dudley Field. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1898. Reprint, Littleton, Colo.: F.B. Rothman, 1995.

Reppy, Alison, ed. David Dudley Field: Centenary essays: Celebrating one hundred years of legal reform. New York: New York University School of Law, 1949. Reprint, with an introduction by Russell D. Niles. Buffalo, N.Y.: W.S. Hein & Co., 2000.

[Strong, John Ruggles]. An analysis of the reply of Mr. David Dudley Field, to the Bar Association of the City of New-York. New-York: H. Bessey, printer, 1881.

Van Ee, Daun. David Dudley Field and the Reconstruction of the Law. New York: Garland, 1986.

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