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ABBOTT, Austin, lawyer, born in Boston, 18 December, 1831, is the second son of Jacob Abbott, was graduated at the University of the City of New York in 1851, and was admitted to the New York bar in 1852. He entered into partnership with his elder brother, Benjamin, and cooperated with him in preparing legal compilations of great value to the profession. He received the degree of EL. died from the University of the City of New York in 1886. As joint author with his brothers Benjamin and Lyman, he wrote two novels, "Cone-Cut Corners" (1855) and" Matthew Caraby" (1858). Individually he has contributed to current publications. The titles of his most important law books are "New Cases, Mainly New York Decisions" (17 vols., New York, 1877-'86); "Official Report of the Trial of Henry Ward Beecher" (1875, 2, vols. only published, owing to failure of publisher); "Reports and Decisions of the New York Court of Appeals" (4 vols., 1873-'78); "Digests of New York Statutes, and Reports of United States Courts, and of the Laws of Corporations; Reports of Practice Cases" (33 vols., 1873), continued in supplementary and annual volumes, and in connection with his brother Benjamin's "Digest"; "Trial Evidence" (1880); "Trial Brief for Civil Jury Cases" (1885).
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