William Alexander DUER

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American politician

AmericanBorn William Alexander DUER

American lawyer, jurist, and educator

Born on September 08, 1780 in New York, USA , United States

Died on May 30, 1858 in New York, USA

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He was the son of William and Catherine Duer. He studied law in Philadelphia, and with Nathaniel Pendleton in New York. During the quasi-war with France in 1798 he obtained the appointment of midshipman in the navy, and served under Stephen Decatur. On the adjustment of the French question, he resumed his studies with Pendleton, and was admitted to the bar in 1802.



He engaged in business with Edward Livingston, who was then district attorney and mayor of New York, and, after moving to New Orleans, formed a professional partnership with his brother-in-law, Beverley Robinson. About this time he contributed to a partisan weekly paper called the Corrector, conducted by Peter Irving in support of Aaron Burr. Duer shortly afterward joined Livingston at New Orleans, and studied Spanish civil law. He was successful, but, owing to the climate and to his marriage with the daughter of William Denning, a prominent whig of New York, he was induced to resume practice in the latter city.

...   He was the son of William and Catherine Duer. He studied law in Philadelphia, and with Nathaniel Pendleton in New York. During the quasi-war with France in 1798 he obtained the appointment of midshipman in the navy, and served under Stephen Decatur. On the adjustment of the French question, he resumed his studies with Pendleton, and was admitted to the bar in 1802.



He engaged in business with Edward Livingston, who was then district attorney and mayor of New York, and, after moving to New Orleans, formed a professional partnership with his brother-in-law, Beverley Robinson. About this time he contributed to a partisan weekly paper called the Corrector, conducted by Peter Irving in support of Aaron Burr. Duer shortly afterward joined Livingston at New Orleans, and studied Spanish civil law. He was successful, but, owing to the climate and to his marriage with the daughter of William Denning, a prominent whig of New York, he was induced to resume practice in the latter city.



In New York he contributed literary articles to the Morning Chronicle, the newspaper of his friend Peter Irving. He next opened an office in Rhinebeck, and in 1814 was elected to the New York State Assembly, where he was appointed chairman of a committee on colleges and academies, and succeeded in passing a bill, which is the original of the existing law on the subject of the common-school income. He was also chairman of the committee that arranged the constitutionality of the state law vesting the right of navigation in Livingston and Robert Fulton, and throughout his service bore a prominent part in promoting canal legislation.



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