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date: 27 February 2020

Gray, Horacelocked

(24 March 1828–15 September 1902)
  • Donald M. Roper

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Gray, Horace (24 March 1828–15 September 1902), jurist, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Horace Gray, a manufacturer, and Harriet Upham. He was a half brother of John Chipman Gray. Gray’s mother died when he was still young. After preparation at private schools, he graduated from Harvard College in 1845 at seventeen, an early age even for the era. As was typical of a wealthy family, Gray had no urgent need to prepare for a profession. However, in 1847, while on a European tour, he received word that his father had suffered a severe financial setback. Gray turned to law and entered Harvard Law School in 1848, graduating the following year. As an undergraduate, he had developed a great interest in botany and ornithology, exhibiting the ability to memorize and to categorize specimens. That aptitude marked Gray’s career in law....

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