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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 14, appendix 23-24


Was a native of Woodbury, in this State. On the 13th of August, 1800, he commenced reading law with Noah B. Benedict, Esq. of that town, with whom he continued till November, 1801, when he entered the office of Ephraim Kirby, Esq. of Litchfield, then Supervisor of the internal revenues of the United States for this State, where he continued as a clerk, till the office was abolished, in February, 1803; when he resumed and continued his legal studies with Mr. Kirby, till the 20th of June, 1803; from which time he attended the lectures of Judge Reeve till the 20th of March, 1805; when he was admitted to the bar in Litchfield County, and settled in the practice of law at Litchfield. On the 18th of November 1813, he was appointed Collector of the direct taxes and internal revenues of the United States for the county of Litchfield; which office he held till it was abolished, the 2nd of April 1820. In September 1820, he was appointed State's Attorney for the county. He was a representative from the town of Litchfield, in the legislature, of 1820, 1821, 1822 and 1823. At the session of 1821, he was chosen clerk of the House; and in May 1822 and 1823, was chosen Speaker. In 1824, he was elected a State Senator, and while a member of that body, was appointed Assistant Commissioner of the School Fund; and, on the resignation of the Hon. James Hillhouse, was appointed sole Commissioner, on the 1st of June, 1825, which office he still holds. On being appointed Commissioner, he relinquished the practice of law, and resigned the office of State's Attorney.