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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 15, appendix 35


Was born at New-Milford, in this state, on the 23d of January, 1759; was educated at Yale-College, where he graduated in 1782; was admitted to the bar, in 17- ; was married in 1786, and settled in Sharon, in the practice of his profession. He represented that town in the popular branch of the legislature, at almost every session, from 1802 to 1809, when he was elected, by the freemen of the state, a member of the Upper House, of which he continued a member until his removal from the state, in the year 1815. For many years previous to this event, he was also an associate judge of the county court for the county of Litchfield.

Being a proprietor in the purchase made of the state of Connecticut, of that portion of Ohio known as The Western Reserve, he, in 1798, visited that country, then a wilderness, in company with forty-one settlers, when there was only an Indian path from Pittsburgh to the township purchased by him, which was subsequently named Canfield.

As an interesting incident in the life of Mr. Canfield, Chancellor Kent relates, that in 1779, he and Mr. C., than members of Yale-College, on the 5th of July of that year, on the approach of the British forces to the city of New-Haven, fled together from the city, with their baggage on their shoulders, and deposited it near West-Rock, until the departure of the enemy.

In the various offical situations, in which Judge Canfield was placed, he possessed the respect and confidence of his associates and of the public. In his private relations, he was distinguished for kindness and benevolence. He died in the City of New-York, in the family of a beloved daughter, on the 5th of February, 1840, aged eighty-one.