History of the Federal Judiciary

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Law, Richard
Born March 7, 1733, in Milford, CT
Died January 26, 1806, in New London, CT

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
Nominated by George Washington on September 24, 1789, to a new seat authorized by 1 Stat. 73. Confirmed by the Senate on September 26, 1789, and received commission on September 26, 1789. Service terminated on January 26, 1806, due to death.

Yale College, 1751
Read law, 1755

Professional Career:
Private practice, Milford, Connecticut, 1755-1757
Private practice, New London, Connecticut, 1757-1765
Justice of the peace, New London, Connecticut, 1765-1775
Member, Connecticut General Assembly, 1765-1776
Chief judge, New London County [Connecticut] Court, 1773-1784
Clerk, Connecticut General Assembly, 1774-1776
Assistant, Connecticut General Assembly, 1776-1786
Delegate, Continental Congress, 1774, 1776, 1777, 1780-1783
Judge, New London [Connecticut] Superior Court, 1784-1789; chief judge, 1786-1789
Mayor, New London, Connecticut, 1784-1806
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