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This biography is from Landmarks of Albany County, New York, edited by Amasa J. Parker of Albany, N. Y., Syracuse, N. Y.; D. Mason & Co. Publishers, 1897.

William L. Learned, LL. D.

Hon. William L. Learned, LL.D., eminent lawyer and jurist, was born at New London, Conn., July 24, 1821, of English ancestry. His father was a lawyer and financier of great ability. When sixteen years of age, Judge Learned entered Yale College, graduating four years later with high honors. He was noted as a fine classical scholar, and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. He was admitted to practice at Rochester, N. Y., in 1844, settled in Albany, and during the earlier years of his professional practice was associated with Gilbert L. Wilson and James C. Cook. In 1870 he was appointed justice of the Supreme Court and was later elected to that office for a term of fourteen years. At the end of that term he was re-elected. He was appointed presiding justice of the General Term in 1875, and held that office till disqualified by age. In 1874 he was made a member of the faculty of the Albany Law School and was for years the honored president of that body. His opinions as presiding justice of the Supreme Court evince great vigor and acumen. In 1878 he was accorded the degree of LL.D. by his Alma Mater.

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