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Charles Patrick Daly

New York

Charles Patrick Daly was born on October 31, 1816 in New York City. His parents had emigrated to the United States from Ireland. Lacking a proper education, he worked as a clerk, cabin boy on a ship, and as a carpenter's apprentice. By some means, he took up the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1839. In 1844 he became judge of the common pleas court in New York City, and went on to become Chief Judge, a position he held until 1885. Daly, among his other activities, served as president of the American Geographical Society.


Charles Patrick Daly

New York Times Obituary
Sept. 20, 1899

Judge Daly and His Association with the American Geographical Society
American Geographical Society


Charles P. Daly, Birthday Verses of Charles P. Daly (New York, 1897)


Charles P. Daly, Historical Sketch of the Judicial Tribunals of New York from 1623 to 1846 (New York: J.W. Amerman, 1855) [online text]

____________, Naturalization Embracing the Past History of the Subject and the Present State of the Law in the United States, Great Britain, British Colonies, France ...: from the new American cyclopaedia (New York: J.F. Trow, 1860) [online text]

____________, The Nature, Extent and History of the Jurisdiction of the Surrogates' Courts of the State of New-York. Opinion of the Hon. Charles P. Daly ... in the matter of the estate of Joseph W. Brick, deceased (New York: John A. Gray, Printer, 1863)

____________, Proceedings of the Century Association in Honor of the Memory of Gulian C. Verplanck, April 9, 1870 (New York: D. Appleton, 1870)

____________, Barratry: Its Origin, History, and Meaning in the Maritime Laws (1872) [online text]

____________, Annual Address: The Early History of Cartography, or what we know of maps and map-making before the time of Mercator (New York: The Society, 1879)

____________, The Settlement of the Jews in North America (New York: P. Cowen, 1893)(Max J. Kohler ed.)

____________, The Common Law its Origin, Sources, Nature, and Development and What the State of New York has Done to Improve upon It (New York: Banks & Brothers, 1894)

____________, First Theatre in America: When Was the Drama First Introduced in America? (New York: The Dunlop Society, 1896) [online text] (Port Washington, New York: Kennikat Press 1968)(New York: B. Franklin, 1970)(sometimes subtitled: An inquiry. Including a consideration of the objections that have been made to the stage)

____________, Is the Monroe Doctrine Involved in the Controversy between Venezuela and Great Britain? ([New York?: [s.n.], 1896)

Writings: Articles

Charles P. Daly, "History of the Court of common pleas for the city and county of New York, with an account of the judicial organization of the state and of its tribunals, from the time of its settlement by the Dutch, in 1623, until the adoption of the state constitution of 1846," in E. Delafield Smith, 1 Reports of cases argued and determined in the Court of common pleas for the city and county of New York, with notes, references, and an index xvii-lxxxii (New York: J.R. Halsted, 1855)(1st of 4 vols.)(Vols. 2-3 published by Lewis & Blood, New York; v. 4, by J.S. Voorhies, New York)


Charles P. Daly, Reports of cases argued and determined in the Court of Common Pleas for the city and county of New York (New York: Baker, Voorhis, 1868-1892)(Serial Publication)


M.J. Kohler, Chas. P. Daley: A Tripute to His Memory, Green Bag (November, 1894)

Harold Earl Hammond, A Commoner's Judge: The Life and Times of Charles Patrick Daly (Boston: Christopher Pub. House, 1954)

"Charles Patrick Daly," in Maria Lydig Daly, Diary of a Union Lady, 1861-1865 xl-xlii (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000)(Harold Earl Hammond ed.)