WILLIAM HAMERSLEY, HARTFORD: Attorney at Law.
Mr. Hamersley was born in Hartford, September 9, 1838, being a son of the late Hon. William James Hamersley, who
was for many years a distinguished resident of the city. He was a scholar at the old Hartford grammar school, afterwards
at the High school, and entered Trinity college in 1854, but left during his senior year, beginning his legal studies
in the office of Welch & Shipman. He was admitted to the bar in 1859, in 1863 was elected a member of the
court of common council, later was vice president of the board, and president during 1867 and 1868. He also held
the position of city attorney, resigning in the end to accept the appointment of state's attorney for Hartford
county in 1868, a position which he held for twenty years. He represented Hartford in the legislature of 1886,
serving on the judiciary and federal relations committees. He was one of the founders of the Connecticut State
Bar Association, and, with Richard D. Hubbard and Simeon E. Baldwin, constituted the committee of that association,
through whose initiatory efforts the American Bar Association was founded. He was one of the original promoters
of the civil procedure reform, and a member of the commission that drafted the practice act, and the rules and
forms of procedure adopted by the court for giving due effect to the provisions of that act; he was also an early
and active promoter of the reform in the jury system in Connecticut. His time has been mainly given to the practice
of his profession and to work relating to law reform.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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