Walbridge A. Field

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Walbridge Abner Field
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 28, 1878
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Preceded by Henry L. Pierce (1877)
Benjamin Dean (1879)
Succeeded by Benjamin Dean (1878)
Ambrose Ranney (1881)
Boston School Committee
In office
1863–1864
Boston Common Council
In office
1865–1867
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
In office
February 21, 1881 – September 4, 1890
Appointed by John Davis Long
Preceded by Seth Ames
Succeeded by James Madison Morton
12th Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
In office
September 4, 1890 – July 15, 1899
Appointed by John Quincy Adams Brackett
Preceded by Marcus Morton
Succeeded by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Personal details
Born April 26, 1833
Springfield, Vermont
Died July 15, 1899
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) October 4, 1869 Eliza E. McLoon (died March 1877), October 31, 1882 Frances Farwell
Children Eleanor Louise, Elizabeth Lenthal
Alma mater Dartmouth College, Harvard Law School
Religion Congregationalist

Walbridge Abner Field was an American lawyer, jurist and politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts, and as the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He was born in North Springfield, Vermont on April 26, 1833. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1855, where he also served as a tutor. He studied law in Boston, Massachusetts and at the Harvard Law School. Field was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Boston. He served as a member of the City's school committee, and represented wards 5 and 8 on Boston's Common Council.

Walbridge Abner Field as a young man

Field was appointed assistant United States Attorney in 1865, serving in this capacity until April 1869, when he was appointed Assistant Attorney General of the United States, holding this office until August 1870, when he resigned. He resumed the practice of law in Boston, and presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Forty-fifth Congress where he served from March 4, 1877, to March 28, 1878, when he was succeeded by Benjamin Dean who contested his election. He was elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881). He declined to be a candidate for renomination.

Field was appointed by Governor John Davis Long to the bench of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on February 21, 1881. He was promoted by Governor John Quincy Adams Brackett to the position of Chief Justice on September 4, 1890 and served until his death in Boston on July 15, 1899. His interment was in Forest Hills Cemetery in West Roxbury.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Henry L. Pierce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1877 – March 28, 1878
Succeeded by
Benjamin Dean
Preceded by
Benjamin Dean
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Succeeded by
Ambrose Ranney
Legal offices
Preceded by
Seth Ames
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
February 21, 1881 – September 4, 1890
Succeeded by
James Madison Morton
Preceded by
Marcus Morton
Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
September 4, 1890 – July 15, 1899
Succeeded by
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.