Royal Ralph Hinman

Home Town:
Southbury, CT
Later Residences:
Roxbury, CT
Lydia Ashley Hinman (1814)
Biographical Notes:
Royal Ralph Hinman was the son of General Ephraim Hinman, a successful Connecticut merchant, and his wife Sylvania [French] Hinman.

After he was admitted to the bar he practiced law in Roxbury, CT for many years. From 1823 to 1833, Hinman acted as the Postmaster of Roxbury. In September of 1844, he was appointed the Collector of Customs of the Port of New Haven.

Hinman helped to revise and published the laws of Connecticut. In 1835, Hinman along with Leman Church and the Hon. Elisha Phelps were appointed to revise the public statutes of Connecticut. From 1835 to 1836, the committee compiled and published the private or special acts of the state, eventually comprising a total of 1,640 pages. In 1838, Hinman and Thomas C. Perkins were appointed to further revise the statutes ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Yale College in 1804.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
1808 in Litchfield County Court
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied the law with Hon. David S. Boardman and Noah B. Benedict.
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1814, 1825, 1831
Secretary of State (CT) 1825-1842
State Committees:
Member of the Committee to Revise Public Statutes of Connecticut in 1835 amd 1836.
Local Posts:
Postmaster (Roxbury, CT) 1823-1833
Collector of Customs at the Port of New Haven (New Haven, CT) 1844

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1806, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Hinman, R.R. A Family Record of the Descendants of Sergeant Edward Hinman. 1856.

Loomis, Hon. Dwight and J. Gilbert Calhoun, The Judicial and Civil History of Connecticut. Boston: The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1895.

Cothern, William. History of Ancient Woodbury From the First Indian Deed in 1659 to 1879. Woodbury, CT: William Cothren, 1879.

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