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born Sept. 23, 1768, was the grandfather of our
subject; Sylvia C. was born Feb. 24, 1771 ; Joseph,
horn Sept. 3, 1772, a physician, married Levinia
Porter, and died ^lay 6, 1848; Olive, born July 26,
1775, married Moses Hall: Anna, born April 5,
1777, married R. F. W'elton: Chauncey. born April
24, 1779. moved to Pittsford. X. Y. : Timothy Hop-
"kins, born Xov. 28. 1785, was a representative in the
United States Congress about 1828.

Daniel Porter, grandfather of our subject, was
a well-educated man and highly respected citizen of
Waterbury. He was a surveyor, and also a lawyer
of much ability, practicing in the justice courts of
his town. He owned quite a large amount of land
in Waterbury, where he spent his entire life. He
always took an active part in politics and held many
offices of trust and responsibility, including that
of selectman. On June 9, 1789, he married Anna
Clark, and they had six children, whose names and
dates of birth were as follows : Horace. Sept. 30,
17^><^; Timothy, Jan. 30, 1792: Elias. May 14, 1795:
Alma Anna '(w"ife of William Orton),' April 18.
t8oo: Daniel (a phvsician), INIav 20, 180;; and
Joseph, Julv II, 1807. ^Irs. Anna (Clark) Sorter
was a daughter of Ingham Clark and his wife Sarah
('Reach), who were married in 1767. Ingham
Clark was a son of Israel and Mehitable (Ingham)
Clark (married in 1743), a grandson of Samuel
Clark (2) and his wife Marv Brown (married in
1694). a ffrcat-grandson of Samuel (i) and Han-
nah (Tuttlc) Clark (married in 1672). ^Irs. :Mary
(Brown) Clark, wife of Samuel (2). was a daugh-
ter of F.bcnezer and Hannah ( Mncent) Brown.
:\[rs. Ilaimah (Tnttle) Clark, wife of Samuel d).
was a daughter of John and Catherine (Lane) Tut-
lle (married in 1653). and granddaughter of Will-
iam Tuttle.



Elias Porter, father of our subject, owned and
operated a farm at Mill Plain, and always made
his home in Waterbury, spending the latter part of
his life with our subject. He died in 1871, at a
ripe old age, and was laid to rest in Pine Grove
cemetery. On Jan. 22, 1817, he married Alma Ty-
ler, who was born Dec. 17, 1791, a daughter of
Lyman and Esther (Hoadley) Tyler, of Pros-
pect, Conn., who were married in 1791.
Their only child was our subject. The mother died
in 1866, and now sleeps by the side of her husband
in Pine Grove cemetery. They were held in high
regard by all who knew them. Politically the father
was first a Federalist, later a Whig, and still later a
Republican.

Lyman Tyler, father of Mrs. Elias Porter, was
a son of Abraham Tyler, a grandson of Isaac and
Susanna (Miles) Tyler (married in 1732), a great-
grandson of John and Abigail (Hall) Tyler (mar-
ried in 1694), and a great-great-grandson of Will-
iam Tyler. 2\Irs. Abigail (Hall) Tyler was a
daughter of Thomas and Grace Hall (married June
5, 1673), of whom the former, Thomas Hall, was
a son of John and Jane (Woolen) Hall. INIrs. Es-
ther (Hoadley) Tyler, mother of Mrs. Elias Porter,
was a daughter of William (3) and Esther (Por-
ter) Hoadley (married in 1761). a granddaughter
of William (2) and Sarah (Frisbie) Hoadley (mar-
ried in 1724). and a great-granddaughter of Will-
iam (i) and Elizabeth (Frost) Hoadley. Mrs.
Esther (Porter) Floadley, wife of William (3), was
a daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth ( Burnham)
Porter (married in 1734), and a granddaughter
of Richard and Ruth Porter. Mrs. Sarah ( Frisbie)
Hoadley. wife of William (2), was a daughter of
Eben Frisbie. r^Irs. Elizabeth (Frost) Hoadley,
wife of William (i), was a daughter of John and
Mercy (Payne) Frost.

James Porter, whose name introduces this re-
view, was born ^larch 26, 1818, on the old home-
stead at Mill Plain, and during his boyhood at-
tended the district schools and also the Waterbury
Academy. He assisted his father in the operation
of the farm until twenty vears of age. when he
commenced work in a woolen mill. Subsequently
he was employed in a roller mill for six years, and
in 1843 learned the trade of a caster at the John
D. Johnson rolling mills, after which he was em-
ployed two years in the Brown & Elton rolling
mills, and in the same capacity seventeen years in
the Waterburv Brass Co.'s mill. For three years
he was a caster for the Scovill Manufacturing
Co., and then became a German-silver caster for
the same firm, remaining with them until 1874,
during which time he started silver casting at
Wolcottville. Bristol and Thomaston. He then
retired from business, and has since made his home
on the East Farms road, in Waterbury. Although
eighty-four years of age he still possesses all his
faculties, and is quite active. He is an intellectual
and well-informed man, of genial disposition and



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upright character. Mr. Porter cast his first presi-
dential vote for Wilham H. Harrison, the Whig
candidate, and liis last for William JNIcKinley, the
Republican nominee, being a stanch supporter of the
Republican party and sound money principles. He
is an earnest Christian, a member of the Episcopal
Church, is domestic in his tastes, and is a loving
husband and father.

On June- 1, 1845, in Waterbury, Mr. Porter was
united in marriage with ^liss Sophia Beecher, a
daughter of Benjamin Button and Pamelia (Tuttle)
Beecher. Her father was a well-known inventor,
having invented, in 1835, the first propeller-, which
was used on canal boats, afterward on ocean steam-
ers. Mrs. Porter is still living, and enjoys good
health. Mr. and Mrs. Porter have five chil-
dren, namely: (i) Emily Sophia was married July
I, 1868, to James Elliott, of Elmira, N. Y., and they
had seven children — Nellie May, born !March 28,
1869, died Dec. 10, 1877; James Porter, born
Dec. I, 1870, was married Nov. 28, 1895, to Ida
Moakley, and they have two children, Irving
Beecher (born Dec. 5, 1897) and James Porter
(born Sept. 2, 1900) ; Sarah Beecher was born
May 13, 1873; Fanny Amelia was born ^larch 13,
1875; Sophia Alma, born Dec. 21, 1876; George
Ward was born March 25, 1879; Charles Luther,
born July 3, 1884, died Aug. 31, 1892. (2)
Sarah Jane was married to John Hine Sept.
I, 1875, and has four children — John W^al-
lace, born yiay 14, 1877; Man' Annie,
born Jan. 9, 1879 '• George Ward, born Sept.
I, 1880; and Frederick William, born March 18,

1882. (3) James Ward Beecher was married Jan.
18, 1876, to Elizabeth Collins, and they have six
children — John Beecher, born Oct. 28, 1876; Fannie
Elizabeth, born July 9. -1878: Nellie Florence, born
March 25, 1880: James Ward, born June 16. 1881 ;
Bessie Sophia, born Aug. 11. 1882, died July 17,

1883. and Harry Clinton, born ^^larch 13. 1885. (4)
Fannie Amelia and (5) Mary Florence f twins! are
at home with their parents, to whom they are very
devoted. They are ladies of culture and refinement,
and are quite active and prominent members of the
Daughters of the American Revolution, the \\'om-
en's Club and other social organizations.

The following lines from Mr. Porter's pen are
characteristic :

PSALM XXXII, 17.

Happy the truly honest man:
With no alluring wile.
But cheerfully, he treats you well —
In whom there is no guile.

He never will put on deceit
For sake of gaining spoil;
He is the one that you can trust —
In whom there is no guile.

May the good Lord deliver us
From all that's low or vile;
So finally it will be said.
In him there is no guile.



Dec. 26. 1!X»1



James Porter.



I DAVID BROOKS, late of Brooks \'ale, in the
i town of Cheshire, was a worthy representative of
I one of the prominent old families of New Haven
i county.

i The first of the name to come to America were
' two brothers, Henry and John Brooks, both natives
of the County of Chester, England. Henry was a
stanch supporter of Oliver Cromwell, and fought
under his banner. Upon the restoration of Charles
II to the British throne many of the followers of
Cromwell, known as Roundheads, fled to different
parts of the world, a large number coming to Amer-
ica. Among the latter were Henry and John Brooks,
who settled in New Haven about 1670, and were
among the founders of New Haven Colony. Some
time later they removed to Wallingford, and, about
the beginning of the eighteenth century, took up
land in a part of the Colonv which was afterward
set off from the town of Wallingford, and to which
they gave the nanie of Cheshire, for their native
countv in England. Henry Brooks, who came from
Cheshire, in England, became a land owner in
Cheshire. Conn., and it was in his house that the
first religious services in that place were held. He
was an earnest, consistent Christian, and took a
deep interest in the Cheshire Colony, and the infant
church which he was instrumental in establishing.
He was married Dec. 21, 1676, to Hannah Blakeley.
(II) Lieut. Thomas Brooks, son of Henry, was
born in the New Haven Colony 3.1arch 27, 1679,
and about 1705 removed with his parents to Che-
shire, where he spent the remainder of his life. He
was deeply interested in public affairs, especially
the welfare of his adopted town, and was the first
to petition the General Assembly to organize the
Congregational Church in Cheshire, in 1723, prior
to which time religious services were held in his
home. He died of smallpox May 18, 1732, and was
buried in Cheshire. He was a true and earnest
Christian, self-sacrificing and unselfish, doing all in
his power to advance the educational and moral in-
terests of his community, and his loss was deeply
felt by the church. He secured his title as lieuten-
ant in the militia. In Wallingford he married,
March 25, 1701, Martha Hotchkiss, a native of that
town, a daughter of Ensign Joshua Hotchkiss, and
a granddaughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Cleaver-
ly) Hotchkiss. To this union were born ten chil-
dren, whose names and dates of birth were as fol-
lows: Stephen, yiay 28. 1702: ^Marv. May 14,
1704; Thomas, Feb. 14. 1706: Enos, Feb. 15. 1708 r
Cornelius. Sept. 10, 1711: Martha, Feb. 21, I7i4r
Mehitable, Feb. 23, 1716; Benjamin. April 23, 1720;
Henry. March 2, 1723 : and Thankful. Dec. 10, 1725.
(ill) Capt. Enos Brooks, son of Lieut. Thomas,
was born Feb. 15. 1708, and spent his entire life in
Cheshire, where he owned a large amount of land.
Enos was the first Brooks to locate in the south-
western part of the town, now called Brooks Vale.
There, in about 1732, he erected an old-style "lean-
to" house, on the ground where the present Brooks



COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.



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hiiiiiestead stands. There he died Sept. 22, 1771,
mil! W'ls laid to rest in the family burying' plot in
Cheshire cemetery. He was captain of a company
in the militia, and was a liberal supporter and active
niember of the church. He was noted for his indus-
trious habits, honorable dealings and sterling worth.
His wife, Tamar, was born in 1706, and died Oct.
7. 1775- -t^sr remains were also interred in Cheshire
cemetery.

(IV) Rev. David Brooks, son of Capt. Enos,
and the father of the man whose name introduces
this article, was born in Cheshire, in 1744, and was
graduated from Yale in 1768; he held the degree
of Master of Arts. He was an ordained minister
of the Congregational Church, but on account of
the unsettled state of the country, due to the Revo-
lution, was never pastor, permanently, of any church.
At the request of his kinsman, Gen. David Wooster,
he prepared and delivered a discourse in Derby,
Conn., in 1774. on the religion of the Revolution.
This discourse attracted much attention, was pub-
lished and helped to move public sentiment in favor
of the struggle for independence; a copy of this
sermon is now in the possession of his descend-
ants. He was a soldier in the Continental army,
being among the first quota of men furnished
by the parish of Xew Cheshire, and was in
the service for eight months ; he entered
as a private, but was afterward appointed
quartermaster of his regiment. He was a member
of the Legislature at the time of Burgoyne's sur-
render, and in January. 1788, he was a delegate to
tlie State Convention held in Hartford to ratify
and adopt the Constitution of the United States.
He was a broad-minded man, an honorable citizen
and a good Christian. He died in Cheshire in De-
cember, 1810, and was buried in the family plot in
the cemetery. Rev. David Brooks married Eliza-
beth Doolittle, who was born in 1753. and died Au£r.
15, 1 83 1. In their family were ten children, includ-
ing David (our subject) : Gen. Micah Brooks, a dis-
tinguished citizen of Livingston county. X. Y., and
a member of Congress : and Benedict Brooks, a
prominent citiz£n of Wyoming county, that State.

(V) David Brooks, whose name introduces this
sketch, was born in Brooks \"ale July 26, 1791. and
grew to manhood in his native town, where he at-
tended school, and where he afterward followed
farming on the old Brooks homestead. There he
died July 24. 1873, at the age of eighty-two years,
and his remains were interred in Cheshire cemeterv,
where a suitable monument has been erected to his
memory. He was one of the leading and popular
citizens of his community, and was widely and fa-
yorablv known throughout his county, being held
in high regard by all with whom he came in contact.
He was married in Cheshire to Miss Linda Hull, a
native of that town, and a daughter of Samuel Hull,
who is mentioned below. She died at Brooks Vale
April 30, t86;. and now sleeps by the side of her
husband in Cheshire cemetery. To this worthy



couple came the following children : Alonzo, born
in 1814, died in 1887; Clarissa L. married S. S.
Cowlcs, and died in Farmington, Conn., in i8Gt ;
David, born Jan. 26, 1820, is mentioned below;
Stella Law married William Seth Knowlton, of
Bridgeport, and died in Cheshire July 14, 1884;
Samuel Hull is a resident of New Haven ; FJizabeth
Brooks, born in 1829, married Henry W. Chatfield,
of Brooklyn, N. Y., and died at Brooks Vale July
12, 1899; Edwin Micah, born in 1831, died in i860;
and Rosa, born Oct. 6, 1835, married Joseph H.
]\Iartin, of Grand Rapids, Mich., a native of Xorth-
ampton, England.

(VI) David Brooks, son of (V) David, was a
man of high attainments and ripe scholarship. He
went to Philadelphia, and with S. E. B. Morse was
engaged in constructing the first telegraph line in
this country. He became widely known as an emi-
nent electrician, and invented an underground cable
for which the Wesi-ern L'nion Telegraph Co. paid
him a large sum. He met with excellent success in
his undertakings, and was highly respected and es-
teemed for his sterling worth and many excellencies
of character. His death occurred in Philadelphia
May 30, 1891, and his remains were brought back
to Cheshire for interment. His wife, who bore the
maiden name of Lydia A. Gilbert, was born in Ham-
den, Conn.. Feb. 11, 1823. and died in Philadelphia
Sept. 22. 1893. Their children were Laura Gilbert,
wife of J. Lowrie Bell; David; Linda, wife of Ed-
ward Troth : Anna Le Conte, wife of Henry S.
Snow; and Edwin M.

Linda Hull, the wife of (V) David Brooks,
traced her ancestry to Richard Hull, a native of
Derhvshire, England, who came to America with
the first settlers, and was made a freeman in Dor-
chester, ^lass., in 1634. About 1637 he removed
to Boston, and from there came to X^ew Haven,
where he took the oath of fidelity. He was one of
the founders of the X'ew Haven Colony, and was a
land owner in this countv, and lived on what is now
called Chaoel street. He was a God-fearing marj
and a good citizen, but not a Puritan, and on that
account came to X^ew Haven, where he died in Sep-
tember, 1662. He had two sons — John and Joseph
— and one daughter. From Joseph descended Gen.
William Hull and Commodore Isaac Hull.

(II) John Hull, son of Richard, was born in
1640, in X'ew Haven, and there grew to manhood.
In 1661 he removed to Stratford, Conn., where he
was numbered among the planters for seven vears.
In 1668 he went to Pawgassett. now Derby. Conn.,
and it is supposed that he was one of the first set-
tlers of that town, which he named Derby for his
father's old home in England. There he made his
home until 1677. and built several dwelling houses
for his sons. Fle also built the first corn-flour mill
in Wallingford, to which town he removed in 1687,
there buving 700 acres of land, which now forms a
part of Cheshire. He was known as Dr. John Hull,
and is supposed to have been a physician. His death



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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.



occurred in W'allingford Dec. 6, 171 1, and he was
buried there. He was three times married, and the
name of his first wife is unknown. On Oct. 19,
1671, he wedded Mary Jones, and on Sept. 20, 1699,
married Kebecca Turner. His children bv the first
marriage were: John, born March 14, 1661 ; Sam-
uel, Feb. 4, 1663; Mary, Oct. 31, 1664; and Joseph,
1662 (who is mentioned below). Bv the second
union there were five children : J]enjamin, born Oct.
7, 1672, was married Dec. 14, 1695, to Elizabeth
Andrews, and engaged in the practice of medicine;
Ebenezer, born in 1673, ^^'^s married March 4, 1706,
to Lydia Mi.x, and died in 1709; Richard was born
in 1674; Jeremiah, born in 1679, married Hannah
Cook, of W'allingford, and was also a physician;
and Archer completed the family.

(HI) Capt. Joseph Hull, son of Dr. John Hull,
was born in 1662 in Derby, and there spent his
entire life, engaged in commercial and agricultural
pursuits. He was a man of great influence in the
community ; represented his town in the General
Assembly ; was a worthy member of the Congrega-
tional Church ; and a captain in the militia. He
died in Derby in 1744, and was buried there. He
■was the great-grandfather of Commodore Isaac
Hull, who commanded the celebrated frigate "Con-
s6tution." In 1691 he wedded Mary Xichols, a
■daughter of Isaac Xichols. She died in 1733, and two
years later he married Hannah Botsford, widow of
John Prindle. She died in Derby, and was buried
there. In his familv were children as follows: Sam-
uel, born in 1692 (he made his home in Derby) ;
Joseph, in 1694; Caleb, mentioned below: .\bijah,
born in 1697: Andrew, in 1698: >rary (Mrs. Rus-
sell, of Derby), in 1699: Sarah (Mrs. Beach, of
Stamford), in 1701 : and Xathan, in 1709.

(IV) Caleb Hull, son 6i Capt. Joseph Hull, was
bom in Derby Feb. 4. i6r)5. and at the age of four-
teen went to live with his grandfather. Dr. John
Hull, in Wallingford. at that gentleman's request.
The Doctor gave him one hundred acre; of land at
Broad Swamp, how a part of Cheshire, where he
built a house and made many other improvements.
He died there in September, 1788, and was buried
in Cheshire. A true patriot and loval American,
he answered to the first call for troops during the
Revolution, althoueh eighty vears of age, and went
to the defense of Boston. He also answered to the
Lexington call, together with his son and grand-
son. He was a man of honor and integrity, and was
one of the representative citizens of his community.
On Mav i. 172a.. he married Mercv Benham. a na-
tive of Wallingford. who died .\pril 19, 1766, and
was laid to rest in Cheshire cemeterv. They had
twelve children, namely: Sarah, born .A.pril 25,
1725, married Reuben .A.twater. of Cheshire: An-
drew, born .\ug. 23, 1726, died Sept. 21. 1774 : Mary,
born April 27, 1728, was married Oct. 3, 1745, to
Jonathan Hitchcock; Samuel. Iiorn March 22, 1730,
is mentioned below; Joseph, born Aug. 29, 1732,



died in infancy; Abijah, born Oct. Ii, 1733, died
Dec. 14, 1733; Joseph, born June 10, 1735, died Dec.
4- 1735; Caleb, born May 31, 1736, died Aug. 8,
1736: Submit, born Dec. 12. 1737, died Feb. 13,
1738; Patience, born Oct. 15, 1740, died in Septem-
ber, 1764; Joseph was born April 18, 1741 ; and
Caleb, born Dec. 16, 1742, married Mary Street,
and died June 4, 1767.

(V) Samuel Hull, son of Caleb, was a well-
known and highly respected citizen of Cheshire,
where he was born and reared, and later followed
farming, owning land in that town. He was a
member of the Congregational Church. He served
as a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He flied
April 27, 1791, and was buried in Cheshire ceme-
tery. In Wallingford he was married, Dec. 26,
1753, to Eunice Cook, who was bom June 29, 1735,
a daughter of Capt. Samuel and Hannah ( Lewis )
Cook, and granddaughter of Samuel and Hannah
( Ives) Cook, and of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Mer-
riman ) Lewis, of Wallingford. The children of
this union were as follows : A son, born Jan. i, 1755,
died in infancy; Jedediah was born Feb. 26, 1756;
a son, bom Feb. 2, 1758, died in infancy; Samuel,
born May 27, 1759, is mentioned below: Zephaniah,
born ^lay i, 1761, made his home in Wallingford,
\'t., where he died Feb. 20, 1840: Epaphras. born
xApril 9, 1763, also died in Wallingford, Vt., .\pril
13, 1827: Eunice, born April 16, 1765, married
Sherifif Whipple, of Cazenovia. X". Y., and died Dec.
18, 1820; Lois, born Feb. i, 1767, died Oct. 20,
^777'- Caleb, born X'ov. 9, 1768. died in Wallingford,
\'t., Aug. 9. 1816: Elizabeth, born Oct. 28, 1770,
died Aug. 13, 1777; Josephus. bom Aug. 24, 1772,
died in Wallingford. Vt., March 18, 1813; and Han-
nah, born Oc!;. 11, 1775, married A. Meacham, of
Wallingford, \'t., and died in 1850.

(VI) Samuel Hull, son of Samuel. Sr., and fa-
ther of Airs. David Brooks, was born on the old
Hull homestead in Cheshire, and like his father and
grandfather was a soldier of the Revolutionary war.
Throughout life he followed the occupation of farm-
ing in his native town, and was one of the most
highly esteemed and honored citizens of his com-
munity. He died upon his farm Oct. 27, 1848. and
was laid to rest in Cheshire cemeterv. His wife,
who bore the maiden name of Abigail Doolittle, was
born May 26, 1766, and died Oct. 10. 1835 : her re-
mains were interred in the same cemeterv. They
had ten children, namely: Stella, born Alarch 27,
1786. married Jonathan Law, and died Dec. 13,
1841 : Jedediah was born in 1788; Anne was torn
Jan. 13, 1704; Linda, born Feb. 6. T796, was the wife
of David Brooks, our subject : Eunice, horn Xov.
12. 1798, married Birdsey Booth, of Cuvahoga Falls,
Ohio; Charlotte L.. born Seot. 0. iSoo, married
John Olmsted, of Hartford. Conn. ; Samuel Cook,
bom .A.ug. 4. 1802. died Aug. 26. 1804; Samuel,
bom Feb. 4, 1805, died in Morris. Grundv Co.. 111.;
Julius, born July i, 1807, married Lucy Ives, and



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r ■iiinvtci to Ohio; and Andrew Franklin, born Jan.
II 1811, married Adeline Munson, and died Jan.

I, 1845-'

HON. WILLIAM E. DOWNES, of New Ha-
vt-n now retired, was, a generation ago, one of the
Icadiiii^ manufacturers and prominent citizens of
Xc\v Haven county, where his active career of law-
vor, legislator and manufacturer for twenty- five
vcars was passed.

Mr. Downes was born Aug. 22, 1824, in the
town of Milford, Conn., and is strictly a Xew Eng-
lander, a product of Connecticut, for here his an-
cestors have figured from the very dawn of the
Colonial period. He is the son of the late Horatio
and Xancy (Smitii) Downes. who had much of the
Puritan in their character and aspect, and grandson
of John and Hannah (Stone) Downes, the former
a patriot of the Revolution, and in the family is a
vcrv interesting diary which was kept by him from
1764 to 1810, containing, with very few exceptions.
an entry for every day during that long period.
Among the ancestors of our subject through his
prandniother, Hannah (Stone) Downes. was one of
the founders of the church in Connecticut — Rev.
Tliomas Hooker, of Hartford : and through his
mother he is in direct line from Gov. Robert Treat,
Rev. Samuel Andrew, of Milford, one of the lead-
ing men in Xew England and one of the principal
founders of Yale College, and for a dozen or more
years from 1707 rector of it: and he is also through
the same channel in direct line from Edmund Tapp,
one of the first settlers of Milford. and one of the
first five judges of that town.

In boyhood \\'illiam E. Downes attended the
district schools of his native town and afterward
completed his studies, preparatory to entering col-
lege, with the Rev. Asa M. Train, of }iIilford. He
entered Yale College in 1841, and four years later
was graduated in the class of '45, the valedicto-
rian being James G. Gould, a fine scholar and most
gifted man. Mr. Downes chose the profession of
the law as a life work, and in the preparation for
it studied one year under the direction of the late
distinguished lawyer, Hon. Alfred Blackm.an. of
New Haven. He then entered the Yale Law School,
and after the usual course of study was admitted



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