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Richard Law

Richard Law, American Continental congressman, jurist. member Connecticut General Court, 1765; member Connecticut Government's Council, 1776-1786; member Connecticut Council of Safety, 1776; member Continental Congress from Connecticut, 1777, 81-82; member Connecticut Convention to ratify United States Construction, 1788; member 1st electoral college, 1789.

Background

  • Law, Richard was born on March 7, 1733 in Milford, Connecticut, United States. Son of Jonathan and Eunice (Hall) Law.

  • Education

    • Graduated from Yale, 1751, honorary Doctor of Laws, 1802. Read law with Jared Ingersoll.

    Career

    • Admitted to Connecticut bar, 1753. Moved to New London, Connecticut, 1757, practiced law. Justice of peace, New London, 1765.

      Member Connecticut General Court, 1765. Chief judge New London County Court, 1773-1784. Member Connecticut Government's Council, 1776-1786.

      Member Connecticut Council of Safety, 1776. Member Continental Congress from Connecticut, 1777, 81-82. Mayor New London, 1784-1806.

      Judge Connecticut Supreme Court, 1784, 89, chief justice, 1786. Member Connecticut Convention to ratify United States Construction, 1788. Member 1st electoral college, 1789.

      United States district judge for Connecticut (appointed by George Washington), 1789-1806. Author: (with Roger Sherman) Acts and Laws of the State of Connecticut, in America (codification of Connecticut laws), 1784.

    Works

    • Author: (with Roger Sherman) Acts and Laws of the State of Connecticut, in America (codification of Connecticut laws), 1784.

    Membership

    Member Connecticut General Court, 1765. Member Connecticut Government's Council, 1776-1786. Member Connecticut Council of Safety, 1776.

    Member Continental Congress from Connecticut, 1777, 81-82. Member Connecticut Convention to ratify United States Construction, 1788. Member 1st electoral college, 1789.

    Connections

    • Married Ann Prentise, September 21, 1760, 1 son Lyman.
    • father: Jonathan Law
    • mother: Eunice (Hall) Law
    • spouse: Ann Prentise
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    Died January 26, 1806
    (aged 72)
    Nationality