Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 42, page(s) 603-604


DANIEL PUTNAM TYLER, a prominent member of the Windham County bar, and for many years one of the leading politicians of the state, died at his residence in Brooklyn in that county on the 6th of November, 1875, at the age of seventy-seven. His grandmother on his father's side was a daughter of the Revolutionary hero, General Israel Putnam. Young Tyler was educated in the common schools of Brooklyn and at the Plainfield Academy, and had prepared to enter college when he was commissioned as second lieutenant in the United States army, which position he resigned a few years after to engage in the study of law. He was admitted to the Windham County bar in 1822 and immediately entered upon the practice of his profession in Brooklyn. He was soon after appointed clerk of the Superior and County Courts in that county, which office he held for fifteen years. He was one year Judge of the County Court, was Secretary of the State in the years 1844 and 1845, and represented Brooklyn in the General Assembly in 1838. The last public office which he held was that of Collector of Internal Revenue for the state of Arkansas, to which office he was appointed by President Lincoln and which he held for two years.

In the practice of his profession Mr. Tyler always enjoyed the reputation of an honorable man, and was distinguished for his untiring devotion to the interests of his clients. He was not, however, a close student of the law, and lacked the mental constitution that could have made him a profound lawyer. Of an impulsive nature, and very susceptible to the inspiration of occasions, especially to that of an enthusiastic assemblage, he was more fitted for popular oratory, and in this field won his special triumphs. He was one of the most effective political speakers that the state has ever produced. Not only were his services sought in all important elections in this state, but he was frequently invited to address large assemblies in other states during exciting political campaigns. His public speeches sparkled with wit, making him exceedingly popular with the masses. But while his wit was perhaps his most effective weapon, at least the one that seemed readiest at his hand, he was able to electrify an audience, when really inspired himself, by an outburst of genuine oratory.

Mr. Tyler continued in the practice of his profession in Brooklyn with the occasional interruptions involved in the holding of public offices that required him to reside elsewhere, down to the time of his death, and during the last year of his life made one of the happiest forensic efforts of his life in an important and exciting criminal trial before the Superior Court in Windham county, in which he was the leading counsel.

He was married in early life, but his wife died several years before him. He left no children.