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Waite, Henry, 1787 - 1869

Born in Lyme, Connecticut, Henry Matson Waite was a graduate of Yale College (1809)  who later taught school in Fairfield County.  He studied law with Matthew Griswold and was admitted to the bar in 1812.  After a brief time practice in Middletown, Waite opened an office in Lyme.  He was elected representative for that town to the General Assembly in 1815 and 1826 and served in the Senate in 1830 and 1831.   Three years later in 1834, Waite became a judge of the Superior Court.  In 1854, he was appointed chief justice.  Hurd, History of New London County, 44-45.  Image from Hurd, b

Williams, William, 1823 -

Born in 1823, William Williams was the son of Erastus and Nancy Hewitt of Groton, now Ledyard, Connecticut.  In 1847, his household included Edward Nedson, an Eastern Pequot, who was fatally assaulted by George Jackson, a man of color from Groton.  Williams and his mother served as witnesses in Jackson's trial.  Williams married Mary Allen (Allyn) on Apr. 26, 1848 in Connecticut and took her west to Iowa. Later, he married Mary E. Williams on May 14, 1855.

A Genealogy of Williams Families by J. Oliver Williams (Brookline, MA, 1938), 67.

Foster, Lafayette S.

Born in Franklin, Connecticut, Lafayette Sabine Foster was educated at Brown University.  He studied law and was admitted to the bar at Centerville, Maryland.  He completed his legal studies in Norwich, Connecticut, where, after passing the bar, opened a practice by 1834.  Foster was a member of Connecticut's legislature but resigned his position to serve as a U.S.

Butler, Thomas Belden, 1806 - 1873

Born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, Thomas Belden Butler graduated from Yale University medical school (1828) and commenced practice in Norwalk.  He was elected member of House of Representatives (1832-1846).  After studying law and being admitted to the bar (1837) he opened a practice in Norwalk.  Butler served in the State senate (1847 and 1848) and was elected to the Thirty-first U.S.

Storrs, William Lucius, 1795 - 1861

A graduate of Yale College in 1814, William Lucius Storrs was admitted to the bar and opened a practice in his hometown, Middletown, Connecticut three years later.  He was elected to the House of Representatives from 1827-1829, 1834, serving as speaker in that last year.  He was elected to the United State House of Representatives in 1829, reelected in 1838, and resigned in 1840 to serve as a judge in the Connecticut Superior Court.  From 1857 to 1861 he was chief justice.  Storrs taught law at Wesleyan University (1841-1846) and at Yale.  He died