Asa Aikens

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Asa Aikens, Vermont Supreme Court Justice

Asa Aikens (January 13, 1788—July 12, 1863) was an attorney, politician, and judge in Vermont and New York. A veteran of the War of 1812, Aikens served as a Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1823 to 1824.

Biography[edit]

Asa Aikens (sometimes spelled "Aiken"), was born in Barnard, Vermont on January 13, 1788, the son of Solomon and Betsey (Smith) Aikens.[1] He was educated in Windsor County, and attended Middlebury College from 1804 to 1807.[1] After attending the United States Military Academy for a year, Aikens returned to Middlebury and graduated in 1808.[1] He then studied law with Joel Doolittle, attained admission to the bar, and commenced practice in Windsor, Vermont.[1] During the War of 1812, Aikens was commissioned as a captain and served with the 31st Infantry Regiment.[1]

After the war, Aikens resumed practicing law in Windsor.[1] In 1818 and 1821 he served as Windsor's member of the Vermont House of Representatives.[2] From 1818 to 1820 he served as State's Attorney for Windsor County.[3] Aikens served as a Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1823 to 1825.[4] In 1827 he was president of the state Council of Censors, the body which met every seven years to review the actions of the governor and legislature and ensure their constitutionality.[5] In 1836, he was a delegate to the state constitutional convention.[6]

In 1843, Aikens relocated to Westport, New York, where he continued to practice law.[1] Aikens was also active in local politics and government, and terms served as both town supervisor of Westport and a town justice.[7]

Career as author[edit]

In 1836, Aikens published Practical Forms, a reference work used by attorneys in the preparation of legal documents.[1] In 1846, he authored Tables of Interest and Discount, a reference work which enabled users to calculate interest, depreciation, and amortization on annuities, mortgages, pensions, rents, and estates.[1]

Death and burial[edit]

Aikens died in Hackensack, New Jersey on July 12, 1863, while there to visit his son-in law Frederick Jacobson.[1] He was buried at Trinity Church Cemetery in New York City.[8]

Family[edit]

In 1809, Aikens married Nancy Ann Spencer; they were the parents of Emma Jeromine and Julienne Gertrude.[1] With his second wife, Sarah Hunter (m. 1814), he was the father of: Villeroy Spencer; Mary Elizabeth; Helen St. Johns; Augusta; William Hunter; Edwin Edgerton; Charles Eugene; Sarah Hunter; Guy Hunter; and Franklin Hunter.[1]

Aikens' daughter Sarah was the wife of Frederick Jacobson, with whom Aikens was visiting when he died.[1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Joel Doolittle
Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
1823-1825
Succeeded by
Stephen Royce
Preceded by
Horace Everett
State's Attorney of Windsor County, Vermont
1818-1820
Succeeded by
Jacob Collamer