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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 130, page(s) 735-736


Charles Hadlai Hull, of New London, died on December 20, 1934. The son of Hadlai Austin Hull, for many years state's attorney in New London county, and Mary Jane (Jenks) Hull, he was born at Stonington, Connecticut, October 25, 1883. After some years in the public school at Stonington he entered Worcester Academy, from which he was graduated in 1901. He matriculated at Brown University and after three years transferred to Yale College in 1904, graduating in 1905 with the A.B. degree. He immediately entered Yale Law School, from which he received the degree of bachelor of laws in 1907. He had a distinguished scholastic record at Brown and at Yale which he continued at the Law School. There he was appointed to the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal and in his senior year was chosen as chairman of its board of editors.

Upon graduation he became a partner in the firm of Hull, McGuire & Hull in association with his father and Frank L. McGuire. During the following year he continued his studies at Yale and in 1908 received the degree of master of arts. He at once began the practice of law in this county in association with his firm, and continued actively in practice until his death.

Possessing a keen, brilliant and analytical mind and a manly presence and loving his profession, he became a great lawyer. He loved justice and had all the virtues that equip a lawyer for trial work and for office practice. There was nothing mean or small about him. Rather, the stamp of his Puritan ancestry was so strong in him that he revolted at dishonesty and meanness. Indeed all of his virtues were in keeping with the high qualities of his mind. His knowledge of the law and ability to marshall facts and present them logically made him an able trier of cases in court. His good judgment and vision made him a safe adviser. Tried by all the standards known to the bar he was an able lawyer and a great and good man. In addition, his cheerfulness of disposition and love of his fellow man made him a delightful companion.

As a citizen his life abounded in service and friendships. He was active in the civic life of the community. He was a member of the finance board of the city of New London and gave generously of his time and counsel to the Boy Scout movement. He was one of Scoutdom's best friends in this section, and through him others were inspired to helpfulness in that cause.

At the outbreak of World War I he answered his country's call. Commissioned as captain in August, 1917, he went to France as regimental adjutant of the 68th Regiment of Coast Artillery and served there until after the armistice. He was honorably discharged from that service on March 3, 1919. Continuing his military service in the Connecticut National Guard he became successively major in the coast artillery and major, lieutenant colonel and colonel of the 192d Field Artillery. His ancestors from the time of the first settlement of New England were military people and they are to be found serving this country in each of its various wars.

His interests outside his profession were varied. He was a director of the Connecticut Power Company and the Atwood Machine Company, trustee of the Eugene Atwood Fund and the Eugene Atwood Estate, and custodian of the 68th Regiment Fund. He was a thirty-second degree Mason. From 1928-1929 he was grand commander of the Connecticut grand commandery, Knights Templar, from 1916-1918 commander of Palestine commandery in New London, and from 1922-1925 master of the Norwich chapter of Rose-Croix, Scottish Rite Masons.

He was a member of the Yale Club, the University Club of Hartford and Phi Delta Phi and Delta Upsilon fraternities.

In 1908 he was married to Grace M. Stoddard of Middletown who, with two children, Mrs. Henrietta Hull Barrows, wife of Arthur Barrows, and Hadlai A. Hull, survive him.

The story of his life presents a lesson in loyalty to God, to country and neighbor. He lived in accordance with the true law of life: he loved God, was faithful to his country and honest with his neighbor.