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Lawyer , novelist , author

Austin Abbott, LL.D. was a lawyer and academic born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Jacob Abbott.

Background

Abbott, Austin was born on December 18, 1831 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Jacob Abbott.

Education

Graduate New York University, 1851. Honorary Doctor of Laws, U. City New York, 1887.

Career

He is probably best remembered as being the government counsel in the trial of Charles J. Guiteau for the assassination of President James Garfield. He assisted commissioners in preparing the codes of New York in 1865. In 1875, he gained a national reputation as counsel for Henry Ward Beecher in Theodore Tilton's suit against him.

The case was one of the first highly publicized uses of the insanity defense in the United States. From 1891 until his death he was Dean of the Law School of the New York University, and the professor of pleading, equity, and evidence there as well. He wrote several books, including the novels:\r\n Cone Cut Corners.

The Experiences of a Conservative Family in Fanatical Times, 1855\r\n His non-fiction works include the following books, as well as several briefs and other legal writings:\r\n Reports of Decisions of the Court of Appeals of New York, 1850-69, (4 volumes), 1873–1874\r\n New Cases, Courts of the State of New York, 31 volumes covering 1876-1894,\r\n Abbott's Digest of New York Statutes and Reports, new 6 volume edition, 1873\r\n Official Report of the Trial of Henry Ward Beecher, 2 volumes, 1875.

Achievements

  • In 1881, he took the case against Guiteau and won.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: (fiction) Come Cut Corners. The Experiences of a Conservative Family in Fanatical Times, 1855. (with brother Benjamin) Reports of Practice Cases Determined in the Courts of the State of New York, 1st volunteer, 1855.

      (fiction, in collaboration with brothers, under pseudonym Benauly) Matthew Caraby, 1859. Reports of Decisions of the Court of Appeals of New York, 1850-1869, 4 vols. 1873-1874

    • New Cases, Courts of the State of New York, 31 vols. covering 1876-1894.

      Abbott’s Digest of New York Statutes and Reports (new edit.), 6 vols., 1873. Official Report of the Trial of Henry Ward Beecher, 2 vols., 1875. Also numerous briefs and other legal writings, 1875-1895.

Connections

Married Ella E.D. Gilman, 1854. Married second, Mistress.

father:
Jacob Abbott. Abbott

spouses:
Mistress

Ella E.D. Gilman