Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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Born in Hebron, Oct. 20th, 1755; educated at Dartmouth College and graduated in 1775; read law in Hartford under the tuition of Jesse Root, Esq., (afterwards Chief Justice) and was admitted to the Bar in Hartford county, in Nov. 1777, and settled in Hebron, his native town, then in the county of Hartford. On the organization of Tolland county, in 1786, he was appointed State's Attorney for that county, and continued in that office until 1807, (21 years,) when he was appointed Chief Judge of the County Court, and Judge of Probate, and continued to hold and exercise those offices until May, 1825, except the time he was absent, attending the 15th Congress of the United States, of which he was a member. From the early part of his practice, until the year 1810, he had one or two law-students in his office, and in that year, he commenced a regular law-school, and continued it six years, with from seven to ten students. The whole number of young gentlemen who read law under his tuition, is 56, a majority of whom completed their studies preparatory for the bar, in his office.
In September 1780, he was chosen a member of the General Assembly, being then the youngest member of the House. Between that time and the adoption of the new constitution of the State, he was thirty times chosen to represent the town of Hebron in the General Assembly. In the year 1826, he was once more chosen and attended, when he was the oldest member and formed the House. He was one of the Committee appointed in May 1795, to sell the Western Reserve.
He held various town offices at different times, and was town clerk for twenty three years in succession.
After the close of the revolutionary war, there was a great increase of litigation. The courts were crowded with litigants. Of this business he had a large share.