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Thomas Durfee

Thomas Durfee, American jurist. member and speaker Rhode Island house of representatives, 1863-1865; member Rhode Island senate, 1865.

Background

  • Durfee, Thomas was born on February 6, 1826 in Tiverton, Rhode Island, United States. Son of Job D. (who at the time of his death was Chief Justice Supreme Court, Rhode Island).

  • Education

    • Graduate Brown University, 1846 (Doctor of Laws, Brown). Studied law; admitted to Rhode Island bar, October, 1848.

    Career

    • John and Sarah (Tiffany) Slater. Reporter decisions Supreme Court, Rhode Island, 1849-1853. Judge, 1854-1860, Court of Magistrates, Providence, and, except for 1 year, presiding judge.

      Member and speaker Rhode Island house of representatives, 1863-1865. Member Rhode Island senate, 1865. The American Association For Justice, 1865-1875.

      Chief justice, 1875-1891, Supreme Court Rhode Island. Retired 1891; trustee from 1875, chancellor 1879-1888, Brown University.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Member and speaker Rhode Island house of representatives, 1863-1865. Member Rhode Island senate, 1865.

    Connections

    • Married Sarah J., d.
    • father: Job D. Durfee
    • spouse: Sarah J.
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    Died 1901
    (aged 74)
    Nationality