Biography of Joseph Hodges Choate


Choate (chot), Joseph Hodges. Lawyer, diplomat, ambassador of United States to England, 1899-1905. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, 1832. Graduate of Harvard, 1852, and Harvard Law School, 1854. Admitted to Massachusetts bar, 1855; New York, 1856. Settled in New York, 1856. Identified with many famous cases; one of the committee of 70 which broke up the Tweed ring, 1871. Secured the reinstatement of General Fitz-John Porter to his army rank. Governor of New York Hospital after 1877 (chairman of committee of elections). Noted as a public and after-dinner speaker. Author: "Addresses on Abraham Lincoln, Admiral Farragut, Rufus Choate," etc. Elected bencher of the Inner Temple, England, April 10, 1905. Died 1917.