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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 13, Appendix, page 6


BORN at Attleborough, in the county of Bristol, commonwealth of Mass. December 31st, 1764; educated at Yale-College, and graduated there in 1783; read law with Charles Chauncey, Esq. Of New Haven, (afterwards a Judge of the superior court,) from Nov. 1783, until Jan. 1786, when he was admitted to the bar, in New Haven county. In April, 1786, he was chosen a Tutor in Yale College, which office he declined, and settled in the practice of law in New-Haven. He represented the town of New-Haven in the General Assembly, at each successive session from October 1791 until 1797. In May 1794, he was chosen Speaker of the House of Representatives, and continued Speaker until May 1797, when he was chosen a member of the Council or Upper House; resigned his seat in that House, in 1804. In May and October 1805, he was a member of the House of Representatives. In 1809, he was again elected a member of the Upper House, which place he continued to hold until May 1813, when he was appointed a Senator in the Congress of the United States, for six years from the 4th of March preceding. In June 1811, he was appointed State's Attorney for the county of New Haven, and resigned the office in 1813, on being appointed Senator. In Nov. 1824, he became an associate instructor in the law school at New-Haven, with his present coadjutor, Judge Hitchcock; and in 1826, he was appointed Kent Professor of law in Yale-College; both of which places he now occupies. In May 1826, he was appointed an Associate Judge of the supreme court; and in May 1832, was made Chief Justice, and continued in that station until Dec. 31st, 1834, when he was constitutionally disqualified by age. In 1828 and 1829, he was Mayor of the city of New-Haven. In 1826, he received from the corporation of Yale-College the honorary degree of LL.D.