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educator , Lawyer

Theodore William Dwight, American lawyer, educator. member United States Judiciary Committee, 1867; member communications of Appeals, 1873.


Dwight, Theodore William was born on July 18, 1822 in Catskill, New York, United States. Son of Benjamin Woolsey and Sophia (Strong) Dwight.


Graduate Hamilton College, 1840. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Rutgers College, 1859, Columbia, 1860, Yale, 1892. Attended Yale Law School, 1841.


Tutor, Hamilton College, 1842-1846. Admitted to New York bar, 1845. Appointed Maynard professor of law history, civil polity and political economy Hamilton College, 1846, head Law School, 1855.

Professor municipal law Columbia Law School, 1858. Appointed to commission to examine New York State Prison Systems, 1866. Published Report on the Prisons and Reformatories of the United States and Canada, 1867.

Delegate New York Constitutional Convention, 1867. Member United States Judiciary Committee, 1867. Chairman legislative committee of Committee of Seventy, 1873.

Member communications of Appeals, 1873. Vice president New York State Board Public Charities. President New York State Prison Association.

New York state commissioner to International Prison Congress, Stockholm, Sweden, 1878. Author: Argument in the Court of Appeals in the Rose Will Case, 1863. Cases Extracted from the Report of the Commissioners of Charities in England and the Disposition of Property for Charitable Uses, 1864.

Associate editor American Law Register.


  • Other Work

    • Report on the Prisons and Reformatories in the United States and Canada


Member United States Judiciary Committee, 1867. Member communications of Appeals, 1873.


Married Mary Bond, August 24, 1847, 3 children.

Benjamin Woolsey Dwight

Sophia (Strong) Dwight

Mary Bond