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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 60, page(s) 608-609


RICHARD CHARLES AMBLER, a member of the Fairfield County bar, died at his residence in the town of Trumbull, on the 12th of September, 1891, in the thirty-ninth year of his age, he having been born in that town on the 31st day of August, 1853.

His death was a great shock to his professional brethren, for although they knew he was suffering from ill health - ill health brought about almost, if not entirely, by his devotion to his profession - he had been in his office all day attending to business.

The respect in which he was held by the community, the public, through the press and the resolutions of the various societies and organizations to which he belonged and the large concourse of people at his funeral, abundantly and truthfully testified.

It is to his character as a lawyer that this short notice appropriately finds its place in the Connecticut Reports.

His ancestors for years had been among the most prominent business men in this community; but as their business was almost exclusively with the Southern States, it was destroyed by the war. This necessarily interfered with his cherished educational plans. Determined not to be deprived wholly of these advantages, he set himself to work, as soon as he had acquired a thorough common school education, in a book store, where he devoted all his spare time to reading and storing his mind with useful information. The money he earned was saved that he might take a course of legal training at the Yale Law school. This he subsequently did, graduating from that institution in 1878.

While at Yale he earned, by his industry and courtesy, the high opinion of his instructors and the sincere respect of his classmates.

After gradating, he continued his studies in the law office of Seymour & Seymour, in Bridgeport, for two years, devoting his time to acquiring the details of practice. He then opened an office there for himself, in which he was gradually, but certainly, building up a good business, and acquiring a reputation for integrity, ability and learning.

The pervading characteristic of Mr. Ambler's professional, political, social and religious life was faithfulness. No client's interest was ever neglected. Indeed, so far did he carry the idea that he must accomplish all his client desired, that he as almost morbid in regard to it. His client's case was his case so fully that every failure, short of complete success, seemed a personal failure.

His professional life was not long enough to gain its first rank or reap its highest rewards; but what faithfulness, diligence, uprightness, and intelligence could do to carry him towards that end, was done. When that can truthfully be said of a lawyer, what matter when or where he falls. His eulogy is pronounced; his monument raised.

Mr. Ambler was a representative in the General Assembly from the town of Trumbull, in 1889, and as the only lawyer on the railroad committee, he exercised a dominating influence in its action through the memorable railroad fight of that years; and though stories of improper conduct were rife, no man dared to try improperly to influence his judgment of to impugn his integrity.

Fond of historical research, he was both an officer in and contributor to the Fairfield County Historical Society.

A devout member of the Episcopal Church, he not only represented his parish in the annual conventions of that body in this diocese, but maintained personally, as a lay reader, services in the parish church of which he was a member and vestryman.

He was married in 1879 to Miss Jennie Beardsley of Huntington, who, with a daughter, survives him.

His life left, as such a life could not fail to leave, among his professional brethren, a fragrant memory of kindly courtesy, that will not soon be forgotten.