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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 15, appendix page 36

JIRAH ISHAM

Was, born at Colchester, Westchester society, in May, 1778; was educated at Yale-College, where he graduated in 1797; studied law, one year, at New-Haven, with the Hon. David Daggett, and afterwards, at New London, with the late Judge Brainard; was admitted to the bar in 1800; and established himself in practice in New-London.

He was much respected as a man and a lawyer. With engaging manners and a warm heart, he entered into the feelings and views of his numerous clients with such entire devotedness, that they regarded him not merely as a safe adviser and able advocate, but a personal friend. His disposition was eminently social; but this never interfered with the severer duties of his profession. His habits were at once active and studious. While he mingled freely, and with much zest, in general society, he devoted most of the hours of every day to laborious application to business. In his elocution at the bar, he was always fluent and graceful; generally ardent; and occasionally, truly eloquent.

During the last war, he, as major-general of the militia of this state, commanded, for a time, the troops stationed at New-London and in its vicinity, for the defence of that part of the state; and those who served under him felt, that they were serving under a commander whose talent and courage they never doubted.

He held, for several years, the office of state's attorney for New-London county; was mayor of the city of New-London; and judge of probate for the probate district of New-London.

He continued in full practice until his death, which occurred at New-London, on the 6th of October, 1842.

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