Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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Solomon Lucas, an honored and prominent member of the bar, died suddenly in the Superior Court room at Norwich, on March 13th, 1906. He was born in that city on April 1st, 1835, the sixth son of Samuel and Elizabeth Miles Lucas.
Mr. Lucas was entirely a self-educated man. Left an orphan while but a child, with no provision made for his support, his life became one of toil upon the farm and in the factory until he reached the age of nineteen years. Nothing daunted by the fact that his education at this time consisted simply of what he had been able to learn in the country schools, he resolutely set about fitting himself for his chosen profession, that of the law. By studying evenings and teaching school, he was enabled to take a course in the Albany Law School, after which he read law for a time in the office of the Hon. John T. Wait in Norwich, and was admitted to the New London County bar in 1861, from which time to the very moment of his death he continued in active practice. He was married on June 22d, 1864, to Elizabeth A. Crosby, daughter of the late Hiram Crosby of Norwich. His wife died ten years later and he never remarried. Two daughters, Miss Nancy E. and Miss Mary C. Lucas, survive him.
Mr. Lucas' career at the bar was a successful and an honorable one. He was a thorough master of the deep-lying principles of law, and his untiring industry, his keen insight, and his faithfulness to the interests of his clients, won for him confidence and a place in the very front ranks of the profession. In the preparation of cases he was painstaking to the last degree; in their trial he was forceful and alert. In 1889 he was appointed State's Attorney for New London County, an office for which he was admirably fitted, and which he held with distinction until his death. His powers as a cross-examiner of witnesses made him a terror to evil-doers. He was fearless in the discharge of his duties, and although at heart kind and sympathetic, he never allowed his feelings to interfere with his strong sense of justice. He deeply recognized the truth that he stood as the protector of the law-abiding community against the criminal.
In 1863 Mr. Lucas represented the town of Preston in the legislature. Although one of the youngest members, he won the approval of his constituents and recognition throughout the State. After this brief term of service he persistently refused to accept any political office, preferring to give his whole time and energy to the growing demands of his profession.
As a citizen Mr. Lucas was enterprising and public-spirited. He gave his services and keen penetration freely to the town, and his private enterprises were of a character to add to the general welfare. The same loyalty and devotion was shown in relations with the Second Congregational Church of Norwich, of which he was a member for forty-two years.
He was a man of simple tastes, fond of outdoor life and nature, but found his chief pleasure in his home. Only those who knew him intimately understood his deep, affectionate nature. He was a man of superb physical and moral courage, and the world is better for his life.