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date: 20 February 2020

Strong, George Templetonlocked

(26 January 1820–21 July 1875)
  • Judith K. Schafer


Strong, George Templeton (26 January 1820–21 July 1875), attorney and diarist, was born in New York City, the son of George Washington Strong, one of the most prominent attorneys in Manhattan, and Eliza Catherine Templeton. He graduated from Columbia College in 1838 and began reading law as a clerk in his father’s law office. Strong would have preferred a career in teaching or journalism, but his father encouraged him to become a practicing attorney, and in 1844 he became a counselor-at-law and a partner in his father’s firm, where he specialized in real estate and probate law. Although he was interested in legal and constitutional issues, the mechanics of law irritated and bored him. He complained in his diary that he feared being “swallowed up in a kind of snowbank of mortgages, subpoenas, depositions and polyonymous botherations.” In 1848 he married Ellen Ruggles, with whom he had three children. In 1853 he became a trustee of Columbia College. He argued for modernization of its curriculum and was a founder of the Columbia School of Law....

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