Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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Andrew Clark Lippitt, son of Christopher and Marcia Gooding (Wilber) Lippitt, was born in Warwick, Rhode Island, May 21st, 1812, and died in New London, Connecticut, August 8th, 1884. He was married May 3d, 1842, to Lois Emeline, daughter of Amos Cobb, of Norwich, Connecticut, who, with two of three children born of the marriage, survives him. Having completed a preparatory course at the Plainfield Academy, an institution of some note in the early part of the present century, he entered Amherst College in 1833, and graduated in the class of 1837. He studied law in the office of Lafayette S. Foster, of Norwich, was admitted to the bar in June, 1839, and at once began practice at New London, where he continued to reside in the time of his death.
The habits of thrift and industry to which he was bred, the indefatigable energy that he brought to bear on every undertaking in which he engaged, his fine personal presence and attractive manners, and his thorough preliminary training, assured his professional success from the start. He at once took front rank among the younger members of the bar of his county, and within a few years was one of its acknowledged leaders. His active practice continued without interruption until a few months prior to his death.
Among the chief secrets of his success at the bar were his wonderful industry and persistency. He never failed to thoroughly identify himself with the interests of his clients, and every cause committed to his charge received conscientious and faithful attention. He was of a most sanguine temperament, and rarely entered upon the trial of a case, no matter how desperate the chances might be, without an abiding confidence that all obstacles could be surmounted. He never contemplated defeat until it overtook him. An abundant fund of common sense and ability of a practical every-day order brought him a measure of success that lawyers more subtle and profound often fail to achieve. His cases were always thoroughly prepared, and always tried for their full value at every stage from beginning to end. As an advocate he was remarkably effective. He never attempted flights of eloquence, but he had a rare faculty of putting the salient points of a case in plain and forcible Anglo-Saxon, refreshing to court and jury alike.
The younger members of the bar, who practiced with him when he had become a leader, will not forget the kind and considerate treatment, professional and personal, that they received at his hands. He was always ready with a word of encouragement or praise, and never failed to extend substantial aid whenever opportunity offered.
Mr. Lippitt in the years prior to the war of the rebellion took a somewhat active part in public affairs. He was a democrat in politics. In 1844 he represented the town of New London in the General Assembly, and his last public service was in the same capacity at the session of 1878. He proved himself on both occasions, a capable and faithful legislator. From 1850 to 1853 he was mayor of the city of New London, and in that position displayed executive ability of a high order. In 1860 he was a delegate to the national democratic convention which nominated Stephen A. Douglas for the presidency, and in the canvass that ensued he took an active part. When the rebellion broke out he joined the ranks of the war democracy, and during the four years following was an unwavering and enthusiastic supporter of the Union cause.
In his home life, after the professional duties of the day were done, Mr. Lippitt found his chief pleasure and almost his only recreation. He was a great reader of books and papers, always kept himself informed as to current events in the world's history, and had a passion for scientific and mechanical literature which he gratified to the fullest extent. During the rebellion he was a close and eager student of all military movements, keeping track of the armies of both sides evening after evening in his library, and many a time before the end of the great struggle came, he had, with that sanguine temperament to which allusion has already been made, fought the battle of the Union to a successful issue on the maps.
For a number of years prior to his death Mr. Lippitt had been a communicant of St. James's Protestant Episcopal church in New London. His life was that of a good citizen, a wise and honorable counsellor, a painstaking and competent public servant, a faithful friend and a loving husband and father.