Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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L. P. Waldo Marvin, a Judge of the Superior Court for this State who died June 1st, 1930, was born in Hartford October 19th, 1870 and grew to manhood in a family and amid family connections where law, its practice and its problems were of dominant interest. His grandfather, Loren P. Waldo, was an honored Judge of Superior Court who had also a distinguished service in the Federal Congress. Alvan P. Hyde was his uncle by marriage and William Waldo Hyde was his first cousin. His father, Edwin Eliphalet Marvin, was for many years Clerk of the United States District Court for this District.
Judge Marvin attended the public schools of Hartford, graduated from Yale University, Academic Department, in 1882 and from Yale Law School in 1894.
His legal training was excellent. He began and continued practice of law in Hartford until the year 1907. He preferred office rather than trial work and was an excellent advisor in business and corporation law. He was elected Judge of Probate for the Probate District of Hartford in 1907 in a contested election following the retirement of Hon. Harrison B. Freeman. So satisfactory was his service as a Probate Judge that he was nominated by both political parties through successive terms until his appointment to the Superior Bench in 1921.
Many of his friends regretted Judge Marvin's decision to serve the state in the Superior Court rather than continue in the probate jurisdiction, for in the latter office, he seemed well nigh invaluable. Not only was he exceedingly well trained in the law of estates and trusts but he applied his training and knowledge with great kindness and sympathy in the manifold and trying duties of a Probate Judge in a large district.
He brought to his work, however, in the Superior Count an extraordinary fund of common sense, high conscientiousness and unflinching courage. He had little sympathy with keen dialectics and preferred to get the ultimate facts with dispatch and to apply the law thereto without fear or favor.
The guiding principle of Judge Marvin's life was his desire to serve his fellow men and his faithfulness in such service. For years he was treasurer of the Open Hearth in Hartford; he was president of the Mansfield State Training School and Hospital and he was a devoted member and warden of Trinity Church in Hartford. Judge Marvin loved his fellow men and was loved by them. Few men of his generation have been so blessed.
He fought his fatal illness through months of discouragement with courage, with serenity and in confidence in the Christian faith.
Judge Marvin married on June 4th, 1895, Florence Belle Watrous of Chicago. Mrs. Marvin, two children and four grandchildren survive him. His children are Florence Watrous Marvin, wife of James W. Hatch of Hartford, and Edwin Waldo Marvin of West Hartford, a member of this bar.