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Jared Dewing Richmond was born in Ashford, in Windham County, in March, 1804, and resided in his native town nearly seventy-eight years, where he died in December, 1881.
After being instructed in the schools of his own town he prepared for a college course in Springfield, Mass., and afterwards entered Brown University, from which he graduated. He studied law with Lieut. Gov. Stoddard, who was then practising in Ashford, after which he was admitted to the bar and entered upon the practice of law there. He was not an aggressive lawyer, but through life pre-eminently a man of peace, and therefore did not rise to that eminence as an advocate for which his culture helped to fit him. Judge Earl Martin, who studied law with him, says of him that "he had a reputation for fine scholarship;" and that "he was modest and diffident, and these qualities were undoubtedly a hindrance to his success as an advocate; but above all he was thoroughly conscientious and would not knowingly be a party to any wrong, either in public or private life, and he died as he lived without a stain upon his name." He had the entire confidence of his fellow-townsmen and was honored by them with the various offices in their gift. He represented his town in the lower house of the General Assembly in the years 1842, 1845, 1849, 1853 and 1862, and in 1848 he represented the fourteenth district in the senate, acting as chairman of the judiciary committee. He was long known as Judge Richmond, having been judge of the Probate Court of his district for many years. He was also for four years the judge of the County Court.
He was a member of the Congregational Church and led a consistent Christian life. The book of his religious profession was as prominent in his office as were those of his legal profession, and while he found in the latter the law which he delivered to his clients, he found in the former the constant law of his own life.
He had a great love of music and considerable musical talent, and often had charge of the singing in church and religious meetings. In early life he taught singing schools.
Judge Richmond left a widow, who is still living at the age of ninety-three. He was greatly afflicted by the death of a son a few years before his own death, who was a prosperous business man in the city of New York. Two sons and two daughters survive him.