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,
BibliographyField, Henry M.
The Life of David Dudley Field. New York: Scribners Sons,
1898. Reprint, Littleton, Colo.: F.B. Rothman, 1995.