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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 15, page(s) 30-31


BORN at Norwich, November 8th, 1788; educated at Yale-College, where he graduated in 1806; attended the lectures of Judge Reeve and Judge Gould, at Litchfield, from February, 1808, until the latter part of March, 1810; was then admitted to the bar in Litchfield county, and settled in the practice of the law at Litchfield. He represented the town of Litchfield in the General Assembly, in the session of 1828. In April, 1829, he was elected a representative of the people of this state in Congress, for the 21st Congress; in April, 1831, was again elected for the 22nd Congress; and in April, 1833, was again elected for the 23rd Congress. In May, 1834, he was appointed an associate judge of the superior court and of the supreme court of errors, to hold the office from and after the 11th of October, 1834; and in consequence of his acceptance of this appointment, and after the close of the first session of the 23rd Congress, he resigned his office of representative in Congress. In October, 1834, he removed from Litchfield to Norwich, his present place of residence. In May, 1840, he was appointed a Senator in the Congress of the United States for the unexpired term of six years from the 4th of March, 1839, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of the Hon. Thaddeus Betts. This appointment he accepted, and immediately resigned the judicial office.