Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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BORN at Wethersfield, December 20th, 1743; educated at Yale College, and graduated in 1763; studied law at New-Haven, while a Tutor in Yale-College, and afterwards, under the direction of Jared Ingersoll, Esq.; admitted to the bar, in Fairfield County, in 1770; removed to Wethersfield, in 1772, and established himself in the practice of the law. In May 1779, he accepted the office of an associate Judge of the County Court, and relinquished practice; held that office until May 1790, when he was placed at the head of that Court; held the latter situation, until October 1795, when he was appointed a Judge of the Superior Court; and in May 1807, Chief Justice of that Court; which office he held until May 1814, when he became legally disqualified by age.
He represented the town of Wethersfield in the General Assembly of this state, in Oct. 1778, May 1779, Oct. 1779, May 1780, Oct. 1780, May 1781, Oct. 1781, May 1782, Oct. 1782, (when he was chosen Clerk of the House of Reps.) May 1783, and Oct. 1783. He was chosen Assistant in May 1784, and annually thereafter, for nine successive years; and was, in that capacity, a member of the Supreme Court of Errors.
He was a delegate from this State in Congress of the United States previous to the adoption of the Constitution, in the years 1783, 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788. In Oct. 1793, he was appointed a Senator from this State in the Congress of the United States, for the unexpired part of the term made vacant by the death of the Hon. Roger Sherman; in which situation he continued until he became a Judge of the Superior Court, in October 1795.
In September 1807, he received from the Corporation of Yale College the honorary degree of LL. D. He was a member of the Convention that formed the Constitution of this State in 1818. He died at his residence in Wethersfield, Sept. 30th, 1835.