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Hiram Denio

Hiram Denio (May 21, 1799 in Rome, Oneida County, New York - November 5, 1871 in Utica, Oneida County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He was Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1856 to 1857 and from 1862 to 1865.


He was District Attorney of Oneida County from 1825 to 1834, Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court from 1834 to 1838, and one of three bank commissioners from 1838 to 1840.

He was Clerk of the New York Supreme Court from 1845 to 1847 and published 31 volumes of law reports:

  • Reports in Supreme Court and Court of Errors (from May 1845 to May 1847; 5 vol.)
  • Cases in the Court of Errors (from 1840 to 1846, appeals; 12 vol.)
  • Cases in the Court of Errors (from 1830 to 1846, writs of error; 14 vol.)

On June 23, 1853, he was appointed by Governor Horatio Seymour a judge of the New York Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Freeborn G. Jewett. In November 1853, he was re-elected to fill the unexpired term of Jewett until 1857. In November 1857, he was re-elected to a full eight-year term, and remained on the bench until the end of 1865. He was Chief Judge from 1856 to 1857 and, after the resignation of Samuel L. Selden, from July 1862 until the end of his term. He died in 1871, and was buried at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica, NY.


  • (Weed, Parsons & Co., 1871)
  • compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 39, 346, 348, 356 and 377; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
Legal offices
Preceded by
Addison Gardiner
Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
Alexander S. Johnson
Preceded by
Samuel L. Selden
Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
Henry E. Davies

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