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Choate

Choate

[choht]
Choate, Joseph Hodges, 1832-1917, American lawyer and diplomat, b. Salem, Mass.; nephew of Rufus Choate. After being admitted (1855) to the bar, he moved to New York City. His legal career lasted over 50 years and included many famous cases; his brilliant presentation of cases won him an unrivaled reputation. Choate twice helped to arouse New York City to defeat Tammany Hall—in 1871, when the Tweed Ring was exposed, and again in 1894. He was president (1894) of the New York state constitutional convention and helped win public approval of the new constitution. In 1899 President William McKinley appointed him ambassador to Great Britain, and he served for six years with distinction, helping to promote Anglo-American friendship. In 1907 he headed the American delegation to the Second Hague Conference.

See his autobiography, Boyhood and Youth (1917); biographies by T. G. Strong (1917) and E. S. Martin (2 vol., 1920).

Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859, American lawyer and Congressman, b. Essex co., Mass.; uncle of Joseph Hodges Choate. Admitted to the bar in 1823, Rufus Choate gained national reputation as a lawyer and as an orator. He served (1830-34) in the U.S. House of Representatives and sat (1841-45) in the U.S. Senate, completing the unexpired term of his friend Daniel Webster.

See biography by C. M. Fuess (1928, repr. 1970).

Choate is a word in the English language meaning the opposite of inchoate. Inchoate means "not quite perfectly formed", or a poor copy of something else. It may not be perfectly formed as it is in its early stages of development. The term inchoate can refer to something that is meant to be a copy or proxy for something else, but which fails to replicate its behaviour accurately.

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