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HON. CHARLES H. DOOLITTLE. There is a sadness attached to the name of this honored and lamented gentleman. In the height of his legal and honorable career, while
en route to Europe to reinforce his impaired health, he was lost at sea on the twenty-first of May, 1874. He was born in the village of Herkimer, New York, February 19, 1816. His father, Dr. Harvey W. Doolittle, came to Herkimer from New England. Young Doolittle was afforded the best educational facilities at command. In 1832-33 he was a student at the Seminary. He graduated at Amherst College in 1836. The law was his first and only field of labor. He pursued his studies in the office of Denio & Hunt in Utica, and was admitted to the bar in 1839. Judge Doolittle's standing in his profession was soon established. He worked upward to distinction with remarkable and unbroken strides. He was a most indefatigable worker; he seldom met with defeat; his preparations were profound; he was armed against every weakness, ready and prepared for every resort of his opponents.
Judge Doolittle was made the candidate of the Republican party for judge of the Supreme Court of the fifth judicial district in the fall of 1869, and received the endorsement of both political parties. His subsequent administration fully justified his selection for that important position. His labors on the bench were even harder, more protracted, and more unbroken than those connected with the practice of his profession. His opinions were written with singular clearness, and stand upon the records with highest estimation.
In 1873 the heavy strain which he put upon himself began to tell seriously upon his health, and he went abroad for rest and change, which had been delayed quite too long. Again, in the spring of 1874, he sought abroad the renewal of his strength, but he found an earlier rest than he anticipated beneath the waves of the sea.
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