Biography of Thomas M. Stetson
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Stetson, Thomas M., son of Rev. Caleb and Julia Ann (Meriam) Stetson. was born in Medford, Mass., June 15, 1830. He is descended from Robert Stetson, an early resident in Plymouth colony, and from Edward Gray, who settled in Plymouth in 1643. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1849, and three years later from the Harvard Law School. He completed his law studies in the office of Thomas D. Eliot of New Bedford, and was admitted to the Bristol bar in 1854. He began practice in the office of Eliot & Pitman and was later admitted to that firm. Mr. Pitman was appointed to the Supreme Court bench and soon after Mr. Eliot's death, which occurred in 1870, Mr. Stetson formed a partnership with Francis B. Greene, under the firm name of Stetson & Greene. During his entire connection with the Bristol county bar Mr. Stetson has been distinguished by his acumen, learning and argumentative ability. He has been prominently connected with the management of the most noted cases in the history of the courts of this district, notably the famous Hetty Green will case and the Tabor, Eben Wright, Abraham Barker and Francis Barrett will cases. He was also connected with the Watuppa Pond case in Fall River. He was a member of the Common Council of New Bedford in 1866 and 1867, and for some years was city solicitor. September 10, 1856, he married Caroline Dawes, daughter of Thomas Dawes Eliot, of New Bedford. Frederick D. Stetson, second son of Thomas M. and Caroline (Eliot) Stetson, was born in New Bedford in 1866 and has resided in that city all his life. He obtained his preparatory education in the Friends' Academy, and was graduated A. B. from Harvard College in the class of 1888. The following year he entered Harvard Law School and was admitted to the Bristol bar in December, 1891. He is now associated with his brother, Eliot D. Stetson, under the firm name of Stetson & Stetson.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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