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Dwight, Theodore W. ((Theodore William),), 1822-1892

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Theodore Dwight was born in Catskill, NY, on 18 July, 1822, and died in Clinton, NY, on 29 June, 1892. After graduating as a member of the Hamilton College class of 1840, Dwight entered Yale Law School in 1841. Although he did not finish his course of study, he was admitted to the New York bar in 1845. In 1846, Dwight was appointed to the Maynard Professorship of law, history, civil polity, and political economy at Hamilton College. During the twelve years he held this position he systemized and extended the course and study of law, and oversaw the incorporation of Hamilton Law School in 1855. In 1858, Dwight accepted an appointment from the newly established Columbia Law School to serve as professor of municipal law. Dwight eventually became Dean of Columbia Law School and was active in the teaching of law until his retirement in 1891. Though he rarely acted as counsel, Dwight was involved in many aspects of the law. Along with lecturing in Constitutional Law at Cornell University (1869-1871) and Amherst College (1870-1872), Dwight was also appointed to a committee which examined the New York prison system, served as the President of the New York State Prison Association, and worked as the associate editor of the American Law Register.