HON. FRANKLIN CHAMBERLIN, HARTFORD: Attorney at Law.
Franklin Chamberlin was born in the town of Dalton, Macs, April 14, 1821, and was educated in the best public schoola
in Berkshire county and at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge being a member of the class of 1844 in that institution.
His classmates in the Harvard Law School included Anson Burlingame, subsequently the champion of Charles Sumner
in congress and Minister to China under the administration of President Lincoln. Henry Stevens, the celebrated
antiquarian, was also a member of the class of '44. Mr. Chamberlin has spent a portion of his life in Springfield,
Mass., and in New York city. He removed to Hartford prior to the war and immediately established himself in a large
and prosperous legal business. For years the late Ezra Hall was associated in the partnership, which became one
of the best known in this community, its standing in legal circles being of the highest character. In 1865 Mr.
Chamberlin was elected a member of the house of representatives from this city, his colleagues on the floor including
Governor Henry B. Harrison and the late E. K. Foster of New Haven, speaker of the house that year, the Hon. Frederick
J. Kingsbury of Waterbury, ex State Treasurer V. B. Chamberlain of New Britain, the late David Gallup of Plainfield
and David P. Nichols of Danbury, the former subsequently lieutenant governor and the latter state treasurer, Railroad
Commissioner George M. Woodruff of Litchfield, ex Bank Commissioner A. B. Mygatt of New Milford P. T. Barnum of
Bridgeport, Judge Henry S. Barbour of this city, then a member of the house from Torrington, the late Edward L.
Cundall of Brooklyn, Edwin A. Buck of Ashford, the late John W. Thayer of Ellington, and John M. Douglas of Middletown.
Mr. Chamberlin was one of the ablest representatives that Hartford has had in the general assembly during the past
thirty years and his work as a legislator was recognized as being of a high order. His legal attainment and standing
placed him among the most prominent representatives in the house. Mr. Chamberlin was a member of the state capitol
commission, succeeding Commissioner Barber of this city, whose death occurred while the erection of the capitol
was in progress. He brought to the commission the taste and culture of a man who had devoted his life to intellectual
pursuits, and became one of its most valued members. Mr. Chamberlin is one of the most honored citizens of Hartford.
He is at the head of the law firm of Chamberlin, White & 'Mills, and is connected with the Park Congregational
church. His wife, who was Miss Mary W. Porter prior to her marriage, is still living. The home occupied by them
is one of the most charming and cultivated centers in the city.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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