CHARLES M. JOSLYN, HARTFORD: Attorney at Law.
Mr. Joslyn was born in Tolland, Conn., March 26, 1849, his ancestors being prominent citizens of that town. He
was educated at the Tolland High School and at Monson Academy, at which institutions he took a high rank as writer
and speaker. He fitted for and expected to enter Yale College, but entered the Law office of Waldo, Hubbard &
Hyde instead. He was admitted to the bar in May, 1873, and for two years was associated professionally with Hon.
Wm. Hamersley and Hon. George G. Sumner. On the first of April, 1875, with E. H. Hyde, Jr., he formed the law firm
of Hyde & Joslyn which has ever since continued. The firm has steadily won its way to the confidence of the
public, and stands second to none in the State for ability and integrity and in the volume and character of the
business entrusted to its care.
Mr. Joslyn has always been a democrat in politics, believing in cleanliness and good morals therein, and of much
influence in the councils of his party. By reason of his ability as a parliamentarian and speaker he has frequently
been called to preside over its state conventions. In. 1874, he was a member of the legislature from his native
town, receiving the unanimous vote of both parties In 1877-8, he was on Gov. Hubbard's staff. In 1885, he was the
senior representative from Hartford, and the candidate of his party for speaker. He was also the democratic candidate
for mayor of Hartford, but was defeated. He has been chairman of the Hartford High School committee for the past
eight years ; is president of the Hartford Library Association, vice president of the Hartford Trust Company, and
a director in various other corporations. Has always been in demand as a speaker on public occasions, and some
of his addresses have been models worthy of study and imitation. Among his best known orations may be mentioned
his address on the life and character of Nathan Hale at South Coventry in 1878, his Memorial Day address at Hartford
in 1884, his address at Storrs Agricultural School in 1888, and his oration at the dedication of the statue of
Governor Hubbard in 1890. He has been president of the Hubbard Escort since its organization in 1880, when it participated
in the Hancock campaign.
Mr. Joslyn was married, in 1878, to Miss Minnie L. Brown, of Providence, R. I. They have one child His religious
connections are with the South Congregational church of Hartford, of which Rev. Dr. Parker is the pastor.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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