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Metcalf, Theron, 1784-1875



  • Existence: 1784 - 1875


Theron Metcalf was born in 1784. He graduated from Brown University in 1805, after which he studied at the Litchfield Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1807. He practiced law in Dedham, Massachusetts and opened a law school there in 1828. Metcalf also served as associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court from 1848-1865. He died in 1875.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Daniel Webster letter

Identifier: Mss 821277
Webster Mss 821277
Date(s): 1821-04-27

Letter from Theron Metcalf to Daniel Webster regarding argument made by him and Webster in the case of Baker v. Fales in the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 1820. The importance of this case lies in its inclusion within a body of precedential case-law affirming of the separation of church and state. Enclosed with the letter are two pages of notes on various precedents and readings of the statute of charitable uses.

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