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Richard S. Field
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  Richard S. Field was born in Burlington County, New Jersey on December 31, 1803. He attended the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University, where he graduated in 1821. He studied law in the office of Richard Stockton and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1825. He became a lawyer, practiced for a short time in Salem, and in 1832 settled in Princeton.
  Field served in the Assembly in 1837 and, in 1838, he was appointed state Attorney General, serving for three years. He was a prominent member of the convention that met in 1844 to adopt the New Jersey State Constitution. He taught at the Princeton Law School from 1847 through 1862, and was a founder of the New Jersey Historical Society. In 1862, Governor Charles S. Olden appointed Field to the U.S. Senate. On January 21, 1863 he was appointed United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey. He held this office until his death.
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