[Field Codes]. The Penal Code of the State of New York, Reported Complete by the Commissioners of the Code. 1865. Originally published: Albany: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1865. x, lxix, 406, clxvii pp. With a new General Introduction to the Series by Michael Weber. Reprinted 1998, 2011 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781886363366; ISBN-10: 1886363366. Hardcover. New. $49.95 * Volume IV of the New York Field Codes Series. These five volumes contain the complete texts of the law codes drafted for New York State by David Dudley Field and his colleagues during the years 1847 to 1865. They include Field's two procedural codes and three substantive codes. In 1847 the New York state legislature established two committees, one to "reduce into a written and systematic code the whole body of the law of this state," another to "revise, reform, simplify and abridge the rules and practice, pleadings, forms, and proceedings of the courts of record of this State." Both included David Dudley Field, a leading proponent of codification. These committees produced codes of civil and criminal procedure in 1850, a political code in 1860 and civil and penal codes in 1865. All of these were written for the most part by Field. Popularly known as the Field Codes, they were very influential, both in the United States and internationally. David Dudley Field [1805-1894] was the leading American proponent of codification during the nineteenth century. Born in Haddam, Connecticut, he was the son of the Rev. David Dudley Field, a distinguished clergyman and author, and the brother of Cyrus Field, the financier who laid the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean, Stephen Field, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Henry Field, a notable clergyman and popular travel author. A graduate of Williams College, he settled in New York City, where he studied law, was admitted to the bar and rapidly won a high position in his profession. Originally a Free-Soil Democrat, he played an important role in the establishment of the Republican Party in New York and supported the Lincoln administration throughout the Civil War. He returned to the Democratic Party in 1876, and served in the U.S. House of Repre.
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