Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859

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Birth 1799-10-01
Death 1859-07-13
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Choate practiced law Essex County, Mass. (1822-1834) and Boston (1834-1850) and served in the United States Senate (1841-1845).

From the description of Papers, 1829-1869. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 234337959

Choate was an American lawyer and politician, U.S. senator from Massachusetts from 1841-1845.

From the description of Rufus Choate letter : to Joseph B. Boyer, [18--]. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63937076

Representative and senator from Massachusetts; served 1841-1845. Organized the Whig Party in Massachusetts with the help of Daniel Webster and Edward Everett.

From the description of Rufus Choate autograph letter signed, ca. 1850. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70978503

Representative and senator from Massachusetts; served 1841 to 1845. Organized the Whig Party in Mass. with the help of Daniel Webster and Edward Everett.

From the description of Letters, 1856. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70978546

James Dixon was in partnership with William W. Ellsworth, brother of Henry L. Ellsworth.

From the description of Letter, 1840 July 14, Boston, Mass., to James Dixon. (Hartford Public Library). WorldCat record id: 27376125

Representative and senator from Mass.; served 1841-1845.

From the description of Correspondence, 1854-1856. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70978547

U.S. senator, representative, and public official of Massachusetts.

From the description of Rufus Choate papers, 1839-1907. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79453276

Rufus Choate was born In Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1799. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1819 and studied for a few months at the Dane Law School in Cambridge. In 1822 he was admitted to practice in the Massachusetts court of common pleas and in 1825 was admitted to practice in the supreme judicial court. In the same year he married Helen Olcott; they had seven children.

In 1827, Choate was elected to the Massachusetts Senate, and in 1831 to the U.S. House of Representatives' from which he resigned in 1834. In the early 1830s, Choate was instrumental in helping to organize the Whig Party in Massachusetts. From 1841-1845 he was a member of the U.S. Senate; and was a member of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention in 1853. He died in Halifax (en route to Europe) in 1859.

For a more detailed overview of Choate's life and career, see the Dictionary of American Biography, vol. 4.

From the guide to the Papers, 1858, 1869, (Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University)

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