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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 127, page(s) 731-732


Origen Storrs Seymour, judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Litchfield County, died on May 22, 1940.

Seldom has it happened that the obituary notice of a great lawyer and judge has described the essential human characteristics of a son and a grandson. 48 Conn. 592 is not the citation of a case, but the spiritualized story of the life of Chief Justice Origen Storrs Seymour; it should be required reading for every lawyer. In 62 Conn. 604 you will read the life of his eldest son, Edward W. Seymour, a justice of our Supreme Court, who while in the practice of law had been in partnership with his younger brother, Morris W. Seymour, the father of our Origen Storrs Seymour. The strength and beauty of the Litchfield hills, the culture of the golden age of Litchfield, were in all these men. Having read these citations, you will know and understand the modern Origen Seymour, and will need only the deep understanding of his associates on the bench of the Court of Common Pleas as expressed in resolution: "Judge Seymour was not merely a good lawyer, an excellent judge, an active and religious churchman, a wise counselor and businessman, a devoted husband and father, a genial clubman and host, a lover of Yale and her life, a delightful companion, a splendid public servant and a true friend, but he combined all of these virtues into one sparkling and magnetic personality. He was, at all times, a gentleman in the highest and truest sense. He radiated enthusiasm for every activity in which he engaged. One moment he was again the college boy reliving his college days and rejoining Psi Upsilon and Wolf's Head. The next moment he was the serious and dignified judge; and yet, the next, he was the solemn and pious churchman. He loved life and found joy and happiness in living."

There remains to be said only that he was born in Bridgeport, April 19, 1872, educated at Phillips Andover and at Yale, practiced law in New Haven with Watrous and Buckland, in New York with William B. Hornblower and with various leading firms, as a partner, came back to Litchfield in 1933, and served as judge of the Court of Common Pleas from 1936 until his death. Thus, after a busy and useful life in New York, he returned to his ancestral town, to live simply and helpfully and happily. He was chairman of the Litchfield board of education, director in many corporations, chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, a director of the Norwich State Hospital.

On October 25, 1899 he married Frances Bolton Lord, daughter of Daniel Lord, distinguished head of the law firm of Lord, Day and Lord of New York. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Little emphasis is to be placed upon his distinguished and aristocratic heritage: he stood upon his own feet. His greatness was his simplicity. We all come from a common source.

"And what binds man

to fellowman

Since each is of the

same God born?

Tis friendship."

Such was the creed of Origen Seymour.