George F. Comstock

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George F. Comstock

George Franklin Comstock (August 24, 1811 in Williamstown, then Oneida, now Oswego County, New York – September 27, 1892 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician. He was Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1860 to 1861.


He graduated from Union College in 1834. Then he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1837.

He was Solicitor of the United States Treasury from 1852 to 1853, during the administration of President Millard Fillmore.

He was a judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1856 to 1861, elected on the American Party ticket to fill the remainder of the unexpired term of Charles H. Ruggles who had resigned in October 1855. In 1856, Union College conferred the honorary degree of LL.D. on him. He was Chief Judge from 1860 to 1861. He published the first four volumes of the law reports of the Court of Appeals. In 1861, he ran for re-election on the Democratic ticket, but was defeated by the Union candidate William B. Wright.


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Preceded by
Alexander S. Johnson
Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
Samuel L. Selden