Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
Volume 13, Appendix, pages 8-9


BORN at Wethersfield, June 26th, 1777; educated at Yale-College; graduated in 1794; attended Judge Reeve's lectures, at Litchfield, from March 4th, 1797, until sometime in the summer of 1798 ; then read law with Zephaniah Swift, Esq., of Windham, (afterwards Chief Justice,) from August, 1798, until February 1799, when he was admitted to the bar in Windham county; settled in the practice of the law, at Mansfield; removed to Hartford, in December, 1803. In 1809, he was appointed attorney of the Board of Managers of the School Fund, and held the situation about a year, when the Board itself was superseded, by the appointment of a Commissioner. He represented the town of Hartford, in the General Assembly, October, 1813, October 1815, (when he was appointed Clerk of the House of Representatives,) October, 1816, (and again Clerk) in 1819, 1825, 1827, and 1829. He represented this State, in the fifteenth Congress of the United States, viz., from March 4th, 1817, to March 4th, 1819. In May, 1829, he was appointed an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Errors, and of the Superior Court; and in May, 1834, he was appointed Chief Justice, from and after the 30th of December, 1834. He was Mayor of the city of Hartford from March, 1831, until April, 1835. In August, 1834, he received from the Corporation of Yale-College the honorary degree of LL. D.