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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 14, page(s) Appendix, page 22

Roger Minott Sherman

Born at Woburn, Mass., May 22d, 1773; educated at Yale College, where he graduated in 1792; became a tutor in that institution, in March 1795, (succeeding James Gould in that office,) and remained there somewhat over a year; studied law with Oliver Ellsworth, (afterwards Chief Justice of the United States,) then attended Judge Reeve's lectures at Litchfield, and while a tutor in Yale-College, received instruction from Simeon Baldwin of New-Haven, (afterwards a judge of the superior court.) He was admitted to the bar, at New-Haven, in the spring of 1796; and in May of that year, settled in the practice of law at Norwalk, in this State. He represented that town in the General Assembly, May and October sessions, 1798. In November 1807, he removed from Norwalk to Fairfield, in the same county, where he has since resided, and still resides. In May 1814, he became an assistant, or member of the upper branch of legislature, and continued in that situation, by annual elections, until May 1818. He was a representative of the town of Fairfield, in the General Assembly, in the years 1825 and 1838. In May 1840, he accepted the appointment of a judge of the superior court and of the supreme court of errors, and relinquished a practice, which had been continued, without interruption, for forty-four years. In October 1814, he was designated, by the General Assembly, as one of the delegates from this State to the Convention held at Hartford, in December of that year; which he attended accordingly. In 1829, the corporation of Yale-College conferred on him the honourary degree of L.L.D.