Theron Metcalf Edit Profile
He graduated from Brown University in 1805, and studied law at the Litchfield Law School after graduation.
He was a New England jurist and served as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts in 1807, and moved to Dedham, Massachusetts in 1809 to practice law. Metcalf edited the Dedham Gazette from 1813-1819.
He served as Norfolk County Attorney for twelve years, until the position was eliminated. In 1815, he was appointed Reporter of Contested Elections for that year. He opened a law school in Dedham in 1828 where he gave lectures.
Brown gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1844, and Harvard University did the same in 1848. He was appointed Reporter of the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 1839, and sat on the bench of that court from February 24, 1848 until his resignation on August 31, 1865. His annotations were considered valuable for their philosophical investigation and discriminating analysis.
In 1832 and 1847, he was elected a fellow of Brown University. He delivered an address before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Brown in 1832, and in 1840 delivered the 4th of July oration at Dedham. Metcalf donated a set of fifty volumes of ordination sermons that he had collected to Brown University.
Metcalf died in Boston, Massachusetts on November 12, 1875.
In 1831, 1833 and 1834 he served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and was chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1844.
Married Julia Tracy, 1809.