FIELD, David Dudley (1805-1894)

FIELD, DAVID DUDLEY, a Representative from New York; born in Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., February 13, 1805; educated by private tutors; was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1825; studied law in Albany, N.Y., and New York City; was admitted to the bar in 1828 and commenced practice in New York City; author of many works on political, civil, and criminal procedure; unsuccessful candidate for election to the State assembly in 1841; member of the commission on legal practice and procedure 1847-1850; member of a State commission to prepare a political, penal, and civil code 1857-1865; member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Smith Ely, Jr., and served from January 11 to March 3, 1877; resumed the practice of law; died in New York City April 13, 1894; interment in Stockbridge Cemetery, Stockbridge, Mass.

Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: In the David Dudley Field Papers, 1760-1863, 1 box.
Other authors include David Dudley Field's son, David Dudley, Jr.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Lyman Trumbull Papers, ca. 1843-1894, 13 linear feet.
Correspondents include David Dudley Field. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Gideon Welles Papers, ca. 1777-1911, 18 linear feet.
Correspondents include David Dudley Field. A finding aid is available in the library.


New York Public Library
Humanities - Manuscripts and Archives
New York, NY
Papers: In the Charlotte Augusta Southwick Waddell Papers, ca. 1860-1890, 0.08 linear foot
Other authors include David Dudley Field.


Stockbridge Library Association Historical Collections
Stockbridge, MA
Papers: In the Field Family Papers, 1803-1941, approximately 2000 items and 1 carton.
Persons represented include David Dudley Field, Jr. An inventory is available in the repository.

  • Field, David Dudley. Address of David Dudley Field. Philadelphia: Dando Printing and Publishing Company, 1889.
  • ------. Amelioration of the Laws of War Required by Modern Civilization. Shanklin: Printed at the "Isle of Wight Guardian" Office, [1887?]
  • ------. Applicability of International Law to Oriental Nations. New York: J. Polhemus, printer [1875].
  • ------. Argument of David Dudley Field, Esq., before the Supreme Court of the United States, March 12th and 13th, 1866. [Washington?: N.p., 1866?]
  • ------. The Army Bill. [New York?: N.p., 1877?]
  • ------. The Civil Code. [New York: N.p., 1884].
  • ------. The Code of Evidence of New York. Reported completed by the Commissioners Feb. 1889, [also] Notes of the Commissioners to the Code of Evidence. [New York: N.p., 1889].
  • ------. Codification. Philadelphia: Printed for the Law Academy, 1886.
  • ------. The Danger of Throwing the Election of President into Congress. [Washington: N.p., 1860].
  • ------. Draft Outlines of an International Code. New York: Diossy, 1872.
  • ------. The Duties of the State. London: Liberty & Property Defense League, [1890?]
  • ------. The electoral votes of 1876: Who should count them, what should be counted, and the remedy for a wrong count. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1877.
  • ------. Emotional Insanity. New York: Russell Brothers, printers, 1873.
  • ------. In the matter of William A. Bowles, petitioner: Argument of Mr. David Dudley Field, for the petitioner. New York: Printed by William J. Read, 1866.
  • ------. An international code: Address on this subject, before the Social Science Association, at Manchester, October 5, 1866. New York: W.J. Read, 1867.
  • ------. The latest edition of the New York Code of Civil Procedure. Correspondence between Cephas Brainerd and others and David Dudley Field. New York: Baker, Voorhis & Co., 1878.
  • ------. The Lawyer and his clients. The rights and duties of lawyers; the rights and duties of the press; the opinions of the public. Correspondence of Messrs. David Dudley and Dudley Field, of the New York Bar, with Mr. Samuel Bowles, of the "Springfield Republican". [Springfield, Mass.: Republican Office, 1871].
  • ------. Legal reform. An address to the graduating class of the Law School of the University of Albany, delivered March 23, 1855. Published by the class. Albany: W. C. Little & Co., 1855.
  • ------. Outlines of an International Code. 2nd ed. New York: Baker, Voorhis & Co., 1876. Reprint, Buffalo, N.Y.: W.S. Hein, 2001.
  • ------. The President's Relations to the Army. [New York?: N.p., 1877?]
  • ------. A short response to a long discourse. [New York: N.p., 1884].
  • ------. Some Reprehensible Practices of American Government: Address before the Reform Club of New York, January 10, 1890. New York: Reform Club, 1890.
  • ------. Speech of David Dudley Field, delivered at Troy: Reasons why naturalized citizens should vote for Fremont. [Troy, N.Y.?: N.p., 1856?]
  • ------. Speeches, arguments and miscellaneous papers of David Dudley Field. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1884-90.
  • ------. The Vote that Made the President. New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1877.
  • Field, Henry M. The Life of David Dudley Field. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1898. Reprint, Littleton, Colo.: F.B. Rothman, 1995.
  • Reppy, Alison, ed. David Dudley Field: Centenary essays: Celebrating one hundred years of legal reform. New York: New York University School of Law, 1949. Reprint, with an introduction by Russell D. Niles. Buffalo, N.Y.: W.S. Hein & Co., 2000.
  • [Strong, John Ruggles]. An analysis of the reply of Mr. David Dudley Field, to the Bar Association of the City of New-York. New-York: H. Bessey, printer, 1881.
  • Van Ee, Daun. David Dudley Field and the Reconstruction of the Law. New York: Garland, 1986.