Field Codes
The so-called Field Codes, used as the model for basic laws in California and several other western states, were written by attorney David Dudley Field for New York, but were never fully adopted by that state. However, his brother, Stephen Field, came to California in the Gold Rush, became a member of the California state legislature and had the codes adopted there. Soon they were copied by several other states. Stephen Field was later appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Other Field brothers were Cyrus, who laid the Atlantic Cable, and Henry, a noted writer and theologian.

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