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A Sedgwick Genealogy: Descendants of Deacon Benjamin Sedgwick
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Mr. Sedgwick was a noted lawyer and publicist. He graduated from Yale in 1799, was admitted to the bar in 1801 and settled at Albany, N.Y. After twenty years' practice, failing health led him to accept an appointment as United States Charge d'affaires at The Hague in 1821. Continued ill health made it advisable to resign this post and he removed to the old family residence at Stockbridge as his permanent home. He was elected to the state legislature, where he was a ready advocate of democratic measures. He induced that body to sanction in 1827 the project of a railroad from Boston to Albany, then regarded as visionary. Free trade, temperance and the anti-slavery cause in turn engaged his support. He published a book entitled PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ECONOMY in 1838 in two volumes.


1. Theodore, III, b. January 27, 1811, at Stockbridge, Mass. (B44,1)

2. Maria Banyer, b. December 8, 1813, at Stockbridge, Mass. (monument); d. September 5, 1883, unmarried. (B44,2)

Theodore Sedgwick, III, only son of Theodore, II (B44) and Susan (Ridley) Sedgwick, was born January 27, 1811, at Albany, N.Y., and died December 9, 1859, at Stockbridge, Mass. He married September 28, 1835, Sarah Morgan Ashburner, daughter of Luke and Sarah (Morgan) Ashburner, born February 12, 1812, and died October 21, 1856, at Stockbridge. Luke's father, William Ashburner, 1737-1793, was an Englishman who had a distinguished career in India. The son, Luke, born in India, then a widower, was Mayor of Bombay before coming to America with his children, including his daughter Sarah, who married Theodore Sedgwick, III, and who was also born in India.

Mr. Sedgwick was graduated at Columbia in 1829 and was admitted to the Bar in 1833. The next year he was attached to the United States legation at Paris, his relative Edward Livingston then being minister to France. He then practiced law for seventeen years in New York City, enjoying a high reputation and a lucrative practice and attaining eminence as a jurist and author.

He was President of the World's Fair held in New York City in 1853, was author of the legal text book SEDGWICK ON DAMAGES which is still used in many universities and law schools and was a member of the law department of New York University.

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