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ABBOTT, Benjamin Vaughan, lawyer, born in Boston, 4 June 1830. He is the eldest son of Jacob Abbott, was graduated at New York University in 1850, admitted to the bar in 1851, and, after some years of practice, devoted himself mainly to compilations and digests of law. Some of the more important of these are enumerated in the article on AUSTIN ABBOTT, his brother, who was associated with him. His earliest independent publication was "Reports of Decisions of Circuit and District Courts of the United States" (2 vols., New York, 1870-'71). In June, 1870, he was appointed to revise the statutes of the United States, a work that occupied three years, and resulted in the consolidation of sixteen volumes of United States laws into one large octavo. Charles P. James and Victor C. Barringer were associated with Mr. Abbott in this work. On its completion he undertook a new edition of the " U S. Digest," a work that occupied him until 1879. The original digest was compressed into thirteen volumes, followed by nine volumes of annual supplements. In the meantime he had prepared "A Digest of Decisions on Corporations from 1860 to 1870" (New York, 1872), and "A Treatise on the Courts of the United States and their Practice" (2 vols., New York, 1877). He next compiled a "Dictionary of Terms in American and English Jurisprudence" (2 vols., 1879); a "National Digest" (4 vols., 1884-'85), which comprised all important acts of congress, and decisions of the United States Supreme Court, circuit and district courts, court of claims, etc., and the fourth American edition of "Addison on Contracts" (1883). "Judge and Jury" (New York, 1880)is a collection of articles contributed anonymously to periodicals; "Traveling Law School and Famous Trials" (1880) is a juvenile publication in the Chautauqua reading circle series. He supplied many articles for the "Medical Reference Handbook," and acted as editor for the lawyers' cooperative publishing company of Rochester, New York His latest work, entitled "The Patent Laws of all Nations," is still in preparation.
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