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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 51, page(s) 601


Moses Culver was born in Wallingford in this state, June 20th, 1817, where he continued to reside till 1837, when he removed to Chester, where he remained till 1845. During his residence in the latter place he was engaged in mechanical labor, but all his spare hours were devoted to the cultivation of his mind. While he was still at work daily at his trade, he commenced the study of law under the instruction of the late Ely Warner, Esq., of Chester, and after three years of diligent application, he was admitted to the bar. In May, 1845, he removed to Colchester, Connecticut, and entered upon the practice of his profession. In 1846 he removed to East Haddam, where he succeeded to the law business of the Hon. E. A. Bulkeley, who had removed to Hartford. Mr. Culver resided in East Haddam till 1856, during which time he represented the latter town one year in the lower house of the legislature. He was also judge of probate for the district of East Haddam.

In 1856 he removed to Middletown, where he continued the practice of his profession, and, for six years, was State Attorney for Middlesex County. In 1860 he represented Middletown in the lower house of the legislature.

In June, 1875, he was elected a judge of the Superior Court for the term of eight years, and at the expiration of the term was re-elected.

The career of Judge Culver was a happy illustration of that sure reward which follows diligence and persistent well doing. Without the advantages of an early education, he cultivated his mind by his own unaided efforts, and rose to distinction at the bar and on the bench by devoting all his energies to the discharge of his duties. As a citizen his name was without a stain, and in all the relations of life he bore a high character for integrity. As a lawyer he spared no pains or labor to serve the best interests of his clients, and met that success which such efforts seldom fail to win. As a judge he was honored by his associates on the bench and by the bar which practiced before him in all parts of the state; and held in high esteem by the whole community as an able and upright magistrate.

For many years Judge Culver was a devout member of the Congregational Church, and, in his modest demeanor, and the purity and simplicity of his daily life, exemplified the principles of that religion which he professed. During the whole forty-six years in which he was, for most of the time, a conspicuous citizen of Middlesex County, he enjoyed the respect and confidence of all who knew him.

Judge Culver enjoyed excellent health till about a year before his death, when he was attacked by a painful disorder which soon disabled him from labor for the rest of his days. He bore his illness with fortitude and died at his residence in Middletown, October 21st, 1884.