Thomas Day (Connecticut)

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Thomas Day (1777–1855) graduated from Yale College in 1797; studied law at Litchfield Law School; and, from September 1798 to September 1799, was a tutor in Williams College. He was admitted to the bar in December 1799, and began practice in Hartford. In 1809, he was appointed assistant secretary of the state of Connecticut and in 1810 secretary, an office which he retained until 1835.

In May 1815, he became associate judge of the county court of Hartford, acting in this capacity, with the exception of one year, until May 1825, when he was made chief judge of that court, and so continued until June. 1833. He was a judge of the City court of Hartford from 1818–31, and one of the committee to prepare the statutes of 1808, and also of 1821 and 1824. He report, the decisions of the court of errors from 1805 until 1853, which were published in twenty volumes.

He also edited several English law works, amounting all together to forty volumes, in which he introduced notices of American decisions, and also of later English cases. He was an original member of the Connecticut Historical Society, of which he was president from 1839 until his death.[1]

He was the brother of Yale College president Jeremiah Day.


  1. ^ Bickford, Christopher P. (1975). The Connecticut Historical Society: 1825-1975: A Brief Illustrated History. The Connecticut Historical Society.