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Congressman , Lawyer

Seymour, Edward Woodruff a Representative from Connecticut; born in Litchfield, attended the public schools and was graduated from Yale College; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Litchfield and Bridgeport; member of the State house of representatives; served in the State senate; elected as a Democrat to Congress; appointed as a judge of the Connecticut Supreme Court; died in Litchfield, Conn.; interment in East Cemetery

Background

Edward Woodruff Seymour, a Judge of the Supreme Court of this state, died at Litchfield, on the 16th of October, 1892. He was born at Litchfield, August 30th, 1832, the eldest son of Chief Justice Origen S. Seymour. He was prepared for college in the Classical School of Simeon and Edward L. Hart, Farmington, Connecticut, and entered Yale College from which he was graduated with the degree of A.B. in 1853. He was admitted to the bar in Litchfield in 1856, where he continued to practice until 1875, when he removed to Bridgeport, and formed a partnership with his younger brother, Morris W. Seymour, with whom he was associated until 1889, when he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Errors. He was for several years judge of probate in the Litchfield district. He represented Litchfield in the state legislature in 1859-60-70-71. He was a member of the state senate in 1876. He represented his district in Congress from 1882 to 1886. He was a state senator in 1876, and Congressman, two terms, 4 Mar. 1883 to 3 Mar. 1887. He was senior warden of St. Michael's Church, and, since the death of his honored father, has been one of the representatives of the diocese of Connecticut in the general conventions of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States. He married May 12, 1864 to Mary Floyd Tallmadge. Of his immediate family, his venerable mother, his widow, and his brothers, Rev. Storrs O. and Morris W., survive him.

Education

He attended public school in Litchfield, Connecticut.

He entered Yale College from which he was graduated with the degree of A.B. in 1853

Career

Seymour Edward Woodruff is Representative from Connecticut. He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1856 and practiced in Litchfield and Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was for several years judge of probate in the Litchfield district. He represented Litchfield in the general assembly of Connecticut in 1859- 1860, 1870-1871; served in the State senate in 1876; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); resumed the practice of his profession; appointed as a judge of the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1889; died in Litchfield, Connecticut, on October 16, 1892

Membership

Member Connecticut House of Representatives, 1859-1860, 70-71, Connecticut Senate, 1876. Member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from Connecticut, 48th-49th congresses, 1883-1887.

Connections

father:
Origen S. Seymour - United States - Chief Justice
Origen S. Seymour - father of Edward Woodruff Seymour

He began his political and legal career in 1826. His wife, Lucy Morris Woodruff. They had four children: Edward Woodruff Seymour (1832-1892), Storrs Ozias Seymour (1836-1918), Maria Seymour (1838-1878), and Morris Woodruff Seymour (1842-1920). He graduated from Yale College in 1824, attended the Litchfield Law School. He immediately began to practice in Litchfield and continued for more than 50 years. He was elected to various town offices and often represented the town in the general assembly of which he was a speaker in 1850.

mother:
Lucy Morris Woodruff - United States
Lucy Morris Woodruff - mother of Edward Woodruff Seymour

Lucy Morris Woodruff (1807-1894). In 1825 Lucy attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in her hometown. On August 5, 1830 she married lawyer Origen Storrs Seymour. Lucy and Origen had four children. She passed away in 1894.

wife:
Mary Floyd Tallmadge - United States