David Dudley FIELD, Congress, NY (1805-1894)


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.


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

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present