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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 15, Appendix, page(s) 29


Third son of Hon. Stephen M. Mitchell, formerly Chief Justice of the superior court, &c., (a) was born at Wethersfield, October 7th, 1777; educated at Yale-College, where he graduated in 1795; attended Judge Reeve's lectures at Litchfield, two years, and afterwards read law with Nathaniel Terry, Esq. of Hartford, about six months; admitted to the bar, in Hartford, in December 1798; and there settled in the practice of law. In 1801, he was appointed secretary of the board of commissioners under the bankrupt law of the United States then in force; a situation which he held until the repeal of that law, about two years afterwards. He has been the attorney of the Phoenix Bank from its organization in 1814, until the present time; and was attorney for the city of Hartford from 1817 to 1820. In May, 1815, he was offered a seat on the bench of the county court, which he declined. In 1838, however, being appointed the presiding judge of that court, he accepted the appointment. This office he held two years, and then relinquished it, returning to his practice at the bar, which with this short, and even then, partial, interruption, has been continued in the same place since 1798.