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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 56, page(s) 605


DAVID BELDEN BOOTH was born April 19th, 1824, in Danbury, Conn., in which town he lived during the greater part of a useful life, and where he died on the 20th day of January, 1889.

His father, Reuben Booth, was one of the leading lawyers in western Connecticut, and the subject of this sketch was, from his boyhood, familiarized with the profession in the practice of which his life was spent. He entered Trinity College in 1840, but was obliged on account of ill health to leave college when in his Junior year. He studied law in his father's office, and was admitted to the bar in August, 1846. For a short time, he practiced in the state of New York, but he soon returned to Danbury, and immediately attained, in both law and politics, a prominence which he retained until his death.

In the field of law, while by no means unskilled in the actual trial of causes, he was especially eminent as an adviser and counselor, and as an expert draftsman of legal papers. His knowledge of the statute laws of the state was almost unequaled, and was so ever present in his mind that a printed copy of the statutes was well-nigh superfluous in his office.

Courteous in his manners, very retentive in his memory, ready and disinterested in counsel, he attracted around him a large number of personal friends and clients, who always sought his aid when in need.

The same qualities which gave him success as a counselor, made him conspicuous in politics. He was for many years one of the most active and prominent Republicans in his part of the state. His capability and popularity caused him to be elected to many of the principal offices in the gift of his fellow-townsmen. He represented Danbury in the General Assembly in the years 1863, 1864, 1872 and 1880, was town clerk and judge of probate for many years, and was elected the first warden of the borough of Danbury. He was also clerk of the Senate in 1854, and one of the revisers of the statutes in 1866 and in 1875.

Mr. Booth was married July 26th, 1866, to Julia Richards of Farmington, Conn., who, with four of his five children, survives him. His eldest son, John R. Booth, was a law student in the office of his father until the death of the latter, and succeeds him in his profession.