• Brother Of Founding Father Roger Sherman Introduced Oliver Dimon To Harvard Professor Simon Greenleaf

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    ROGER MINOTT SHERMAN (May 22, 1773 – December 30, 1844) was the brother of the distinguished Founding Father Roger Sherman, the only person to have signed all four great state papers of the United States, the Continental Association (trade boycott with Britain), the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.  The Roger Sherman who wrote the letter offered here graduated from Yale College, studied law under Oliver Ellsworth, and in 1814 was appointed a delegate to the Hartford Convention, where a series of meetings was held for the New England Federalist Party to meet and discuss their grievances concerning the War of 1812, including the political problems arising from the federal government’s increasing power.

    After a few years, Sherman transferred to Litchfield Law School, where he continued his studies with Tapping Reeve. Sherman was admitted to the bar in New Haven early in 1796. He soon settled in the profession of law in Norwalk, CT.  His rank as a lawyer was among the very first and finest in the country – to be compared with that of Jeremiah Mason and Daniel Webster. Sherman argued more cases than any other lawyer who practiced in Connecticut during the first half of the 19th century.  He also represented the town in the General Assembly in 1798.  In May, 1839, he was appointed a judge of the Superior Court and of the Supreme Court of Errors of Connecticut.

    One-page, 7 ¾ x 9 ¾, Fairfield [CT], Sept. 22, 1842, to Professor [Simon] Greenleaf introducing Mr. Oliver Dimon. “Mr. Oliver Dimon of this town, a young gentleman well educated, of a respectable family, & of good talents & unblemished reputation, has concluded to pursue the acquisition of a law education at Cambridge [Harvard]. He has already made some progress in the Science. This resolution to attest on the able instructions of Judge Story & your say is very gratifying to his friends here. I with great pleasure avail myself of the opportunity to introduce him, with assurances of his distinguished merit...”

    SIMON GREENLEAF (December 5, 1783 – October 6, 1853) was a lawyer born at Newburyport, MA. In 1833, he was named to the Royal professorship and in 1846 succeeded Judge Story as Dana Professor of Law at Harvard University.  Greenleaf contributed extensively to the development of Harvard Law School.  The Simon Greenleaf School of Law in Anaheim, CA, is named after him.

    Folds, light toning, a few ink smudges, but very readable.

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