Judge Edmund Goff Trowbridge

Historical Character – sat on the judicial Council during the Boston Massacre.


  • Judge Edmund Goff Trowbridge
    • Born: 1709, Newton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
      Died:Apr. 2, 1793, Massachusetts
    • Judge appointed by Shirley as Attorney General in 1749
    • Quotes: President Adams, in a sketch of the life of Jonatlian Sewall, has this incidental
    • notice of Judge Trowbridge : “He commanded the practice in Middlesex,
    • Worcester and several other counties, and he had power to crush, by his frown
    • or his nod, any young lawyer in his county.” Chancellor Kent represents him
    • as “the oracle of the common law.” Mr. Knapp remarks, that “Trowbridge had
    • been distinguished not only as a profound lawyer and an able advocate, but as
    • a zealous law officer of the government, but when he saw the people rise in
    • hostility, liis courage forsook him, and he fled from the confusion around him,
    • and tried to shut his eyes to what was going on, or to keep the din of anns from
    • disturbing his lucubrations, and that he, who had once instructed Parsons, and
    • possessed a mind so discriminating and profound, could hardly, in the latter part
    • of his life, comprehend his own legal decisions made in the strength of
    • intellectual power.”
    • Born in Newton
    • Resigned in 1772
    • Presided over Boston Massacre
    • Appointed Justice of Superior Court in 1767
    • Loyalist
    • Adopted Mother: Mary Goffe
    • Adopted Father: Col. Edmund Goffe
    • Graduated from Harvard in 1728: Law
    • Consorted with Hutchinson and Bernard
    • Seen as Kind and maintained personal relationships
    • Retired to Byfield in 1772
    • Master Horseman and Fencer
    • Trowbridge.—Deacon William Trowbridge (281) was a second cousin of Chief Justice Edmund Trowbridge, not nephew.
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