HON. A. P. HYDE, HARTFORD: Attorney-at-Law.
Hon. Alvan Pinney Hyde was born in Stafford, March 10, 1825, being the son of Alvan and Sarah Pinney Hyde. His
grandfather, Nathaniel Hyde, and rather, were successful iron manufacturers at Stafford. The subject of this sketch
was prepared for college at Munson Academy and graduated from Yale with honor in 1845. He studied law in the office
of the late Hon. Loren P. Waldo of this city, but at that time a distinguished lawyer in Tolland, and at the Yale
Law School, being admitted to the bar at Tolland in 1847. He remained in Stafford until r849, when he married Miss
Frances Elizabeth Waldo, daughter of Judge Waldo, with whom he had studied his profession, and removed to Tolland.
He remained there until 1864, being associated in practice with his father-in-law, who was one of the leading lawyers
of the state. Judge Waldo came to this city with Mr. Hyde. In 1867 the firm was changed, becoming Waldo, Hubbard
& Hyde, the late Governor R. D. Hubbard joining as a member. Mr. Charles E. Gross was admitted to the firm
in 1877. Four years afterwards Judge Waldo died here and the firm assumed the name of Hubbard, Hyde & Gross.
William Waldo Hyde and Frank Eldridge Hyde, sons of Mr. Hyde, were admitted to the copartnership. Both of the new
partners were Yale graduates. In fact all the members of the firm at that time and since were distinguished Yalensians.
In 1884 the death of Gov. Hubbard involved a new change in the firm name which was then made and has since remained
Hyde, Gross & Hyde. The senior member is one of the ablest lawyers in Connecticut, his standing at the bar
being one of marked distinction and honor. His forensic ability is not less brilliant than his legal, and his eloquence
is universally admired. Mr. Hyde was a member of the general assembly in 1854, 1858, and 1862, representing the
town of Tolland in the house. He is a democrat in politics and one of the ablest representatives of his party in
the state. He is a past grand master of the Connecticut Grand Lodge of Masons, occupying the position of grand
master for two terms from May 15, 1862. He was made a Mason in 1858, becoming a member of Uriel Lodge No. 24, which
is located at Merrow Station in Tolland county. His administration was eminently successful. Mr. Hyde is one of
the most prominent members of the Yale Alumni Association in this city. He has traveled extensively in Europe and
has visited all sections of the United States, including a trip to Alaska. He is a gentleman of broad culture and
intelligence and one of the most gifted men in Connecticut. His home is on Charter Oak Place, the grounds including
the spot where the famous Charter Oak stood for centuries. The historic associations of the place are reverently
preserved, Mr. Hyde being one of the most ardent of patriots as well as the most fascinating of orators.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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