Portrait of Ephraim Kirby
Fort Stoddert, AL
Ruth Marvin Kirby (March 17, 1784)
Ephraim Kirby was the great-grandson of Joseph Kirby who emigrated from Warwickshire to Hartford in the early seventeenth century. He was educated at Yale, but left without a degree. He served in the cavalry during the Revolution and was wounded thirteen times. In 1787, Yale gave him an honorary Master of Arts degree. He practiced law in Litchfield and was in the Connecticut Legislature from 1791 to 1801, afterwards serving as a director of the Western Reserve in Ohio. In 1789, Kirby compiled the first volume of law reports in America, those of the Superior Court of Connecticut. In 1797, Kirby and others successfully petitioned for setting off a new township that, in 1798, would be called Lawsville (what remains is the Liberty township). President Jefferson appointed Kirby as first Superior ...[more]
Military; Lawyer; Political Office
Correspondence between Col. Ephraim Kirby, and the Rev. Joseph Lyman
Alan Briceland, " Ephraim Kirby: Pioneer of American Law Reporting, 1789," The American Journal of Legal History, vol XVI, 297 - 319. (located on JSTOR)
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