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Field, Stephen Johnson
Born November 4, 1816, in Haddam, CT
Died April 9, 1899, in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by Abraham Lincoln on March 6, 1863, to a new seat authorized by 12 Stat. 794. Confirmed by the Senate on March 10, 1863, and received commission on March 10, 1863. Service terminated on December 1, 1897, due to retirement.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
Tenth Circuit, June 22, 1863-July 23, 1866
Ninth Circuit, April 8, 1867-December 1, 1897
Second Circuit, January 30, 1882-April 2, 1882

Education:
Williams College, B.A., 1837
Read law, 1841

Professional Career:
Private practice, New York City, 1841-1848
Private practice, San Francisco, California, 1850
Private practice, Marysville, California, 1850-1857
Alcalde, Marysville, California, 1850
State assemblyman, California, 1850-1851
Justice, Supreme Court of California, 1857-1863; chief justice, 1859-1863
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