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Rufus Paine Spaulding

Other Name:
Rufus P. Spaulding
May 3, 1798
August 29, 1886
Home Town:
West Tisbury, MA
Later Residences:
Little Rock, AR
Warren, OH
Ravenna, OH
Akron, OH
Cleveland, OH
Lucretia Swift Spaulding (October 1, 1822)
Biographical Notes:
Rufus Paine Spaulding was educated at several private schools before attending Yale college from which he was graduated in 1817. Spaulding studied law with judge Zephaniah Swift. He moved to Little Rock, AR where he established a law practice. In 1821 he left Little Rock and settled in Warren, OH. In 1822, he married
Lucretia Swift, daughter of Zephaniah with whom he had studied law. Living in various towns and cities in Ohio, Spaulding served in a number of offices including the Ohio House of Representatives, as a judge of the Ohio Supreme Court, and the U.S. House of Representatives. As an opponent of slavery, he fought the fugitive slave law in courts. Spaulding was active in the Masonic lodge.
Following the death of Lucretia, with whom he had 7 children, Spaulding married Nancy Sergeant Pierson of Windsor, CT in 1859.

Other Education:
Graduated from Yale in 1817

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Training with Other Lawyers:
Zephaniah Swift
Political Party:
Democrat; Republican; Free-Soil
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative Ohio 1863-1869
State Posts:
State Representative (Ohio) 1839-1843
Judge Ohio Supreme Court 1849-1852

Secondary Sources:
The Willimantic Journal. September 30, 1898, p. 5.

The Supreme Court of Ohio, "Rufus Paine Spaulding" accessed at on December 8, 2023

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