HON. ARTHUR B. CALEF, MIDDLETOWN: Judge Middletown City Court.
Arthur B. Calef was born at Sanbomton, N. H., June 30, 1825. He worked on a farm and taught school winters until
twenty one years of age; prepared for college in a year at the New Hampshire Conference Seminary at Tilton, N.
H.; entered Wesleyan University in 1847 and graduated therefrom in 1851. During his college course he taught district
schools three winters and was principally of Woodman Sanbomton Academy at Sanbornton, N. H., one term. He studied
law at Middletown with Judge Charles Whittlesey and was admitted to the bar of Middlesex county in 1852. He was
soon after appointed clerk of the courts in Middlesex county and held the office for about eight years. Judge Calef
has been councilman, alderman, recorder, and city attorney of the city of Middletown, school visitor, and treasurer
of the state of Connecticut. Elected to the latter office at twenty nine years of age, he has survived the distinction
for a longer period than any other living state treasurer He hasbeen Grand Junior Warden of the Grand Lodge of
A. F. and A. Masons of the state; was trustee of Wesleyan University about twenty years, and for some years its
secretary, and has been lecturer on constitutional law in the university. He was a delegate to the national republican
convention in 1860 and 1864; was postmaster at Middletown from 1861 to 1869; was for several years president of
the Xi Chapter of Psi Upsilon at Wesleyan University, and also president of the Alumni Association. He is president
of the Middletown Gas Light Company, director in several financial institutions, and is now and has been for seven
years past, judge of the city court of Middletown. He has had an extensive practice in the state and United States
courts: Judge Calef married, March 21, 1853, Miss Hannah F. Woodman granddaughter of Col. Asa Foster of the revolutionary
army. They have four sons, all living, among whom are Dr. J. F. Calef of Cromwell, and Arthur B. Calef of Middletown,
an attorney at law. Judge Calef is a direct descendant of Robert Calef of Boston, who wrote and published a book
in opposition to witchcraft in 1700 and in reply to Cotton Mather.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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