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He had strong native sense and much experience, and was a most efficient prosecuting attorney in the county of Monroe, in the state of New York, before coming into this county, where he at once took high rank in a bar which, at that time, was composed of Crary, Bradley, Hughes, Gibbs and others. Judge Woodruff remarks of Judge Pratt, that men of his strong attachments and strong antipathies are seldom fairly judged, but I am not advised of any well attested instance in his case of bias which prevailed against law or fact in his judgment. His character was of a manly strain, and he would have divided his last biscuit with a famished brother, and given him the larger half. Judge Graves came on to the bench without the prestige of any brilliant reputation as an advocate, but with the ample preparation of long experience as a magistrate and as an office lawyer, in the course of which he had investigated the principles of adjudication, and familiarized the rules of evidence to a great extent from a judicial standpoint. With such. preparation it would have been more remarkable that he should fail than succeed in his new sphere. Besides this intellectual training he possessed what is even more important to a successful magistracy. He had the advantage of a complete subordination to the unreasoned rescripts of a code older than the pandecte, and his career as a judge was continually marked by the conquest of industry. The amount of genuine work which he did is perhaps better known to myself than to any one else, because I have seen its results over the whole circuit.

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