Kirby, Ephraim, 1757-1804
Ephraim Kirby is known as America's first court reporter. Kirby studied at Yale but did not graduate, and he fought in the Revolutionary War in the Calvary. In 1787 he received an honorary master’s degree from Yale College. He was a lawyer and a member of the Connecticut legislature from 1791-1801. Kirby created the first published volume of law reports in America, and he was the first Superior Court Judge of the Mississippi territory in the area that is now Alabama. He was the first General Grand High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons of the United States. His four daughters attended the Litchfield Female Academy, and his son attended the Litchfield Law School.
Citation:Author: Benjamin Bradley
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Ephraim Kirby Case Reports
The Ephraim Kirby Case Reports collection (2011-106-0) is a copied collection of case reports created by Ephraim Kirby. The span of cases ranges from 1785 to 1789. There is a typed transcript of some of the cases from the collection included in the folder. Cases that are in reports range from cases about divorce, false imprisonment, and burglary. The cases are from around the state of Connecticut from Litchfield to New London Counties.