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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 122, page(s) 675-677

OBITUARY SKETCH OF GEORGE ALBERT CONANT

George Albert Conant, a member of the Hartford County bar, was born in Ithaca, New York, a son of Albert A. and Amanda (Crittenden) Conant, on June 27th 1856, and died in Hartford on August 23d, 1935. While he was a boy his family moved to Mansfield in this State and later to Willimantic where he attended the Natchaug High School. He was graduated from Amherst College in 1878.

Mr. Conant studied law at the Boston Law School and in the office of Hon. John M. Hall of Willimantic and was admitted to the Connecticut bar on May 21st, 1880. For some years he practiced law in Willimantic and was counsel at that place for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company. He then moved to Hartford, where he became associated with the firm of Buck and Eggleston and was assistant state's attorney to Hon. Arthur F. Eggleston until his appointment as assistant clerk of the Superior Court for Hartford County.

For thirty-one years he was assistant clerk and clerk of the Superior Court for Hartford County, having been appointed assistant clerk July 1st, 1894 and clerk, July 1st, 1897. It was his life work. On October 10th, 1935, he was, at his own request, retired from that office. Although at the height of his powers, he feared that the time might come, possibly without his being conscious of it, when he would be unable to give to that office what he had given and what he felt he must give. In that instance, as on all occasions, he acted from the highest sense of honor and loyalty to his office and his associates.

Mr. Conant was eminently fitted for his position. To him it was not a task but an opportunity for service. Industrious, conscientious, exact, technical only where technicalities were necessary, he gave all he had - and that was much - to his work. To do his work well was not enough, only his best would satisfy him. His standards were high and no labor was too great and no detail too small. He had a most refreshing and delightful sense of humor. Courteous and kind, ever helpful, faithful to his work, Mr. Conant left a record to be proud of. Upon his retirement, the bench and bar paid him high and well-deserved tribute. This tribute, although laudatory in a high degree, was most richly deserved. It is certain that Mr. Conant himself was the most surprised man in the room when he realized the esteem and devotion in which he was held by the Connecticut bar.

The remaining ten years of his life were spent in a continuation of his studies of many law problems, the sources of the powers of the courts, and special research into the early history of the laws of marriage and divorce. He was interested in examining the powers reserved by the Legislature to grant divorces for causes other than those for which it had delegated that power to the Superior Court. His work along those lines was nearly completed at his death.

For his recreation he made painstaking observations on the life of flowers and plants and the birds that visited his garden. Day after day would find him sitting quietly on the terrace at his home with paper and pencil before him noting the habits of his favorite birds. He recognized many of them as his constant friends.

On November 5th, 1891, he was married to Ruth F. Sanger of Canterbury who died on March 27th, 1893, leaving a daughter, Ruth Sanger Conant. She is an ordained minister of the Congregational Church. On December 11th, 1906, he married Thomasine Haskell of Windsor Locks, who also survives him.

He spread happiness and cheer everywhere and there was never a selfish thought in his heart, but charity for all. All who knew him loved him and will cherish his memory.

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