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Joseph Choate

Joseph ChoateAKA Joseph Hodges Choate, Sr.

Born: 24-Jan-1832
Birthplace: Salem, MA
Died: 14-May-1917
Location of death: New York CIty
Cause of death: Illness
Remains: Buried, Stockbridge Cemetery, Stockbridge, MA

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Attorney, Government

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Attorney, ambassador

The son of a prominent Salem physician, Choate was schooled at Harvard where he was in the same class as Horatio Alger. After graduating from Harvard Law in 1855 he traveled around the western frontier with his brother but found it a bit uncouth commenting "...we were not ready for the West, or the West was not ready for us."

Returning to the East Coast he found work at the law firm of William M. Evarts and was soon a part of an elite social network. He usually "found [him]self among the best people" at dinner parties with Hamilton Fish.

Along with Elihu Root Choate was involved in the downfall of Tammany Hall's Boss Tweed. He was appointed to the Committee of Seventy which was responsible for indicting then Senator Tweed on charges of embezzlement. In 1888 he defended John D. Rockefeller during an Trust investigation conducted by the Senate of New York.

Father: George Choate (physician, brother of Rufus Choate)
Brother: George Cheyne Shattuck Choate (physician)
Brother: Charles Francis Choate (president of the Old Colony Railroad)
Sister: Sarah Elizabeth Choate
Brother: William Gardner Choate (federal judge)
Sister: Caroline Choate
Wife: Caroline Sterling (m. 4-Jul-1861)
Son: Rufus
Daughter: Josephine
Son: Joseph Hodges Choate, Jr.

    University: Harvard University (1852)
    University: Harvard Law School (1854)

    US Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1899-1905)
    Pilgrims Society President (1913)
    National Security League President (1914)
    English Ancestry


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