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Church, Samuel (1785-1854) | Litchfield Historical Society

Name: Church, Samuel (1785-1854)


Historical Note: Samuel Church was born at Salisbury, Conn., February 4th, 1785; educated at Yale-College, where he graduated in 1803; commenced his professional studies, in the spring of 1804, with Judson Canfield, Esq. of Sharon, and remained in his office about a year; then attended the law lectures of Judge Reeve and Judge Gould, at Litchfield, until Sept. 1806; when he was admitted to the bar of the county of Litchfield. In June 1807, he was examined and admitted to the bar of the supreme court of the State of Ohio, to which State he, at that time, contemplated a removal. In the spring of 1808, he commenced the practice of the law in Salisbury, in which town he has ever since resided. In May, 1810, he was appointed, by the Hon. Gideon Granger, Post-master general, to the office of deputy-post-master in that town; which office he retained until the spring of 1820, when he resigned it, upon being elected a member of the General Assembly. He was member of the convention which formed the constitution of this State, it 1818. He was a representative of the town of Salisbury, in the General Assembly, in the years 1821, 1823, 1824, 1829 and 1831; being first clerk of the house in 1823. He was a member of the senate of this State, in the years 1825, 1826 and 1827. In May 1821, he was appointed judge of probate for the district of Sharon; and in 1823, he succeeded Seth P. Beers, Esq. in the office of State's Attorney for the county of Litchfield. These offices he continued to hold until May 1832, when he resigned them, and accepted the office of an associate judge of the superior court and supreme court of errors, to which he was then appointed, to fill the vacancy to take place an the 10th of January, 1833, by the promotion of Judge Daggett to the office of Chief Justice.
Sources:

Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys

As Printed in the Connecticut Reports, v. 14, append. 24






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