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Richard LAW


LAW, Richard, (father of Lyman Law and grandfather of John Law), a Delegate from Connecticut; born in Milford, Conn., March 7, 1733; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Yale College in 1751; studied law; was admitted to the bar in January 1755 and practiced in Milford, Conn., 1755-1757 and thereafter in New London; member of the general assembly in 1765; member of the Connecticut Council of Safety in May 1776; chief judge of the county court and of the superior court in 1784; member of the Governor’s council 1776-1786; Member of the Continental Congress in 1777 and 1781-1782; mayor of New London 1784-1806; judge of the supreme court of Connecticut 1784-1789 and was appointed chief justice of the superior court in May 1786; appointed by President Washington United States district judge for Connecticut on September 24, 1789, and served until his death in New London, New London County, Conn., January 26, 1806; interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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