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Tapping Reeve

jurist , educator.

Tapping Reeve, American jurist, educator. member commission to arouse interest in Revolution by Connecticut Assembly, 1776; member Connecticut Legislature, Connecticut Council.

Background

Reeve, Tapping was born in October 1744 in Brookhaven, Long Island, New York, United States. Son of Abner Reeve.

Education

Graduated from College of New Jersey (now Princeton), 1763.

Career

1 son, Aaron Burr Reeve. Tutor, College of New Jersey, 1769-1770. Admitted to Connecticut bar, 1772.

Appointed member commission to arouse interest in Revolution by Connecticut Assembly, 1776. State’s attorney Connecticut, 1788. Member Connecticut Legislature, Connecticut Council.

Federalist; frequent contributor to Litchfield (Connecticut) Monitor, using nom de plume Phocion or Asdrubal. Indicted by federal grand jury for libelling President Jefferson in the Monitor, 1806. Founder Litchfield Law School (1st independent law school), 1784, sole teacher, 1784-1798.

Judge Connecticut Superior Court, 1798-1814. Agent in Litchfield for Connecticut Bible Society. Chairman of meeting to found society for suppression of vice and promotion of good morals, New Haven, Connecticut, 1812.

Chief justice Connecticut Supreme Court of the Errors, 1814-1816. Author: The Law of Baron and Femme …, 4 edits., 1816. A Treatise on the Law of Descents in the Several United States of America, published 1825.

Works

  • Author: The Law of Baron and Femme …, 4 edits., 1816. A Treatise on the Law of Descents in the Several United States of America, published 1825.

Membership

Member commission to arouse interest in Revolution by Connecticut Assembly, 1776. Member Connecticut Legislature, Connecticut Council.

Connections

Married Sally Burr.

father:
Abner Reeve. Reeve

spouse:
Sally Burr