Biography of David B. Lockwood
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DAVID BENJAMIN LOCKWOOD, BRIDGEPORT: Attorney at Law.

David B. Lockwood was born in Weston, Conn., January 7, 1827. prepared for college at Staples' Academy in Easton, and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1849. He studied law with the late Judge Sidney B. Beardsley, and was admitted to practice in 1851. After practicing in Bridgeport for several years, he removed to New York city, where he continued his profession until the breaking out of the war of the rebellion, when he returned to Bridgeport and enlisted in the Second Connecticut Light Battery, where he served for three years. At the close of the war he returned to Bridgeport, and resumed the practice of his profession. He has held the office of city clerk of Bridgeport, was for three years judge of the city court, and was elected a member of the house of representatives in 1875 and in 1883. He held the office of city attorney in 1880 and 1885. From 1882 to 1887 he was one of the trustees of Wesleyan University. He is one of the original incorporators of the Mechanics and Farmers' Savings Bank. He is one of the original board of directors of the Bridgeport Public Library, and was largely instrumental in changing it from a private to a public institution. He drew the public act providing for county law library ascsosociationsd gave the initial movement to the Fairfield county law library, which is now by far the most important county law library in the state. He has closely followed the practice of the law, and is senior member of the firm of Lockwood & Beers, which has been in existence for twenty years, and has a large and successful practice. Mr. Lockwood first married Caroline A. Redfield in 1856, who died in 1865, leaheavingdaughter and son.

In 1868 he married Lydia Ellen Nelson, who is still living, and by whom he had two daughters and a son. Politically, Mr. Lockwood is a democrat. His religious connections are with the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Seaside Club of Bridgeport.

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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