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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 13, Appendix, pages 7-8


Born at Norfolk, Litchfield county, Feb. 19th, 1766; entered Yale College, 1784, and continued there about two years; then read law with Dudley Humphrey, Esq. of Norfolk, a practising lawyer, from Sept. 1787 till the April following; then attended Judge Reeve's lectures at Litchfield, until March 1790, when he was admitted to the bar in Litchfield county, and settled in the practice of law at Norfolk. He continued in practice until 1812, when he relinquished it, and was appointed an Associate Judge of the County Court for the county of Litchfield. In this office, he continued until 1816, when he was appointed Chief Judge of that court, and continued to hold the office, until May 1831.

He represented the town of Norfolk in the General Assembly, October session 1800, May and October 1801, May and October 1802, May and October 1803, May and October 1804, May and October 1805, May and October 1807, October 1808, May and October 1812, May and October 1813, May and October 1814, October 1817, and May and October 1818. After the adoption of the constitution, he represented the town in the years 1819, 1820, 1821, 1823, 1824 and 1825. He also attended two special sessions of the General Assembly, in the years 1812 and 1815. In the year 1818, he was chosen a delegate from the town of Norfolk in the convention held at Hartford to form a constitution for the State; he attended and was appointed one of the committee to draft a constitution for the consideration of the convention. He was a Senator from the 17th senatorial district in the General Assembly, for the years 1830 and 1831.