Dittenhoefer, Abram Jesse was born on March 17, 1836 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Son of Isaac and Babetta Dittenhoefer.
Parents removed to New York when he was 4 years old. Bachelor of Arts, Columbia College.
Admitted to bar at 21. Appointed justice City Court to fill vacancy. Later nominated for same office but declined.
Elected Lincoln elector, 1864. Declined position of the United States district judge for South Carolina. Chairman German Republican Central Committee, 12 terms.
Prominent in many corps, and commercial cases as counsel. Recognized as authority on the law relating to the drama and the stage. Was counsel for the Metropolitan Opera Company in the suit brought by Madame Wagner, widow of Richard Wagner, to restrain the production of “Parsifal,” and defeated the injunction.
Secured enactment of amendments to the United States copyright law, and to the penal code of New York, making it a misdemeanor to pirate plays.