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The American Cyclopædia (1879)/Waite, Morrison Remich

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WAITE, Morrison Remich, seventh chief justice of the United States, born in Lyme, Conn., Nov. 29, 1816. He graduated at Yale college in 1837, studied law, and began to practise in Maumee City, Ohio. In 1849 he was a member of the legislature, and in 1850 he removed to Toledo. He declined repeated nominations to congress, and also a seat on the supreme bench of the state. In 1871-'2 he was one of the counsel of the United States before the tribunal of arbitration at Geneva. In 1873 he presided over the constitutional convention of Ohio. On Jan. 21, 1874, he became chief justice of the United States, and has since resided in Washington.