Choate, Rufus. Eminent American advocate. Born in Ipswich, MA, 1799. Graduated at Dartmouth College and entered upon the study of law at Cambridge and in Washington. After practicing at Danvers, Salem, and Boston successively, he was elected to the senate in 1841, which he quit in 1845. After the death of Daniel Webster, Choate became the recognized leader of the Massachusetts bar, and acquired a national reputation. As an advocate and orator, he may be classed with the most distinguished masters of modern eloquence. Died 1859.