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Thomas Durfee

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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.

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.