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Hawkins, Dexter Arnold 1825-1886 Lawyer; born in Camden, Me., June 23, 1825; graduated at Bowdoin College in 1848; began law practice in New York City in 1854. He took a keen interest in public education and other important questions, and did much to bring about legislation favorable to them. Among his publications are reports on Sectarian appropriations of public moneys and property; Duty of the State to protect the free common schools by organic law; Extravagance of the Tammany ring. His other works include Donations of public property to private corporations, and the illegal exemption of the same from taxation (which led to an amendment of the New York constitution prohibiting such appropriations); The Roman Catholic Church in New York City and the public land and public money; Free trade and protection; The redemption of the trade dollar; The silver problem, etc. He died in New York City, July 24, 1886.