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HALL, Willard, lawyer, born in Westford, Massachusetts, 24 December, 1780; died in Wilmington, Delaware, 10 May, 1875. He was graduated at Harvard in 1799, studied law with Samuel Dana, of Groton, and was admitted to the bar in 1803. He immediately removed to Dover, Delaware, and practised there for twenty years. He was secretary of the state of Delaware from 1811 till 1814, and again in 1821, served in congress in 1817-'21, and was a member of the legislature in 1822. In 1823 he was appointed by President Monroe United States district judge for Delaware, which office he held until his resignation in 1872. He revised the state laws, by order of the general assembly of Delaware in 1829, and in 1831 was a member of the State constitutional convention. Mr. Hall advocated the establishment of public schools, and suggested the plan that was adopted in 1829. He was also active in religious matters. He published "Laws of Delaware to 1829, Inclusive" (Wilmington, 1829).
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