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WILDE, Samuel Sumner, jurist, born in Taunton, Massachusetts, 5 February, 1771; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 22 June, 1855. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1789, studied law in his native place, and was admitted to the bar in 1792. After practising till 1794 in Waldoborough, Maine, and till 1799 at Warren, Maine, which he represented in the Massachusetts legislature in 1798-'9, he removed to Hallowell, Maine He served as a presidential elector in 1800 and 1808, was a state councilor in 1814, and a delegate to the Hartford convention in the same year, and from 1815 till his resignation in 1850 was a judge of the Massachusetts supreme court. In 1820, after the separation of Maine, he removed to Newburyport, Massachusetts, and in 1831 he went to reside in Boston. Judge Wilde was a delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1820, and a member of the American academy of arts and sciences. He was one of the best nisi prius judges in the state, and possessed profound legal learning and great integrity. Bowdoin gave him the degree of LL. D. in 1817, Harvard in 1841, and Dartmouth in 1849. Judge Wilde published several orations. He married Eunice, daughter of General David Cobb, and their daughter Caroline became the wife of Caleb Cushing. A discourse on his life by Reverend Dr. Ephraim Peabody, with the proceedings of the Boston bar, was published (Boston, 1855).
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