Biography of Hon. James A. Hovey
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HON. JAMES A. HOVEY, Norwich: Ex-Judge Superior Court.

Ex-Judge James A. Hovey of Norwich, who was on the superior court bench in this state from November 13, 1876, until April 29, 1885, and chairman of the commission appointed to revise the public statutes in 1885, holding the latter position from June 1, 1885, until January, 1888, is one of the ablest jurists which Connecticut has had, and the numerous public hon which have been extended to him have been deserved on account of the character of his public services. The work of Judge Hovey on the revised statutes of 1887 was invaluable. His was the mature mind and experience of the commission and his advice and counsel were in constant demand while the revision was in progress. He was assignee in bankruptcy for New London county under the act of 1846, executive secretary 1842 and 1843 under Governor Chauncey F. Cleveland of Hampton, member of the board of aldermen in Norwich from 1849 until 1853, judge of the New London county court from 1850 until 1854, member of the general assembly in 1859 and in 1886, and mayor of Norwich from 1870 until 1871. His colleagues in the house in 1859 included the Hon. Augustus. Brandegee of New London, the Hon. Jeremiah Halsey of Norwich, Colonel W. H. H. Comstock of New London, the late Colonel Henry C Deming of Hartford, Judge Edward W. Seymour, now of the supreme court, the late O. H. Perry of Fairfield, speaker of the house, A. H. Byington of Norwalk, who attained high distinction as a war correspondent, and the late Daniel Chadwick of Lyme. In the senate were the Hons. Dwight W. Pardee of Hartford and James Phelps of Essex, who have occupied high positions on the bench and in public life. Judge Hovey has been a democrat from the outset and is one of the most honored members of his party in Connecticut. He has been vice president and trustee of the Chelsea Savings Bank, and trustee of the Norwich Savings Society. He was president of the Uncas bank and the Uncas National Bank of Norwich from 1852 until 1872. The wife of Judge Hovey, who was Miss Lavinia J. Barber, is dead and the only son is also dead. The judge was born at Hampton April 29, 1815, and was educated in the common and private schools of his time. He chose the law as a profession and has met with eminent success. From 1830 until 1842 he was connected with the state militia. His life has been spent in the towns of Hampton, Windham, and Norwich.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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