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Waldo Colburn

Waldo Colburn
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from the 2nd Norfolk district
In office
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives[1]
In office
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court[1]
In office
November 10, 1882 – September 26, 1885[2]
Appointed by William Gaston
Preceded by William Crowninshield Endicott
Succeeded by William Sewell Gardner
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court
In office
May 27, 1875 – November 10, 1882
Preceded by Otis Phillips Lord
Personal details
Born November 13, 1824[3]
Dedham, Massachusetts[3]
Died September 26, 1885[4]
Dedham, Massachusetts[4]
Political party Whig, Democratic[5]
Spouse(s) Mary Ellis Gay (m. November 21, 1852; d. October 22, 1859), Elizabeth C. Sampson (m. August 5, 1851)[5]
Children Mary Colburn, Anna F. Colburn[5]
Residence Dedham, Massachusetts
Alma mater Phillips Andover
Signature Waldo Colburn's signature

Waldo Colburn (November 13, 1824 – September 26, 1885) was an American lawyer, jurist and politician from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Colburn was originally a member of the Whig party and after that party dissolved he became a Democrat.[5]

Legal career

Colburn attended Harvard Law School from 1848 to 1849[6] studied law in the office of Ira Cleveland,[1] and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar on May 3, 1850.[1]

Political career

In 1856 Colburn was elected to serve in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was a member of the Dedham, Massachusetts Board of Selectmen, Board of Assessors and, Overseers of the Poor. In 1857 he was the Chairman of the Committee on Parishes, Religious Societies, Etc. In 1858 he was the Chairman of the Committee on Railroads and Canals. In 1870 he was elected to the Massachusetts Senate for the second Norfolk district.[1]

Judicial career

On May 27, 1875[1] Colburn was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court by Governor Gaston.[1]

On November 19, 1882 Colburn was appointed by Governor Long as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.[1] Colburn served as an Associate Justice of the Court until his death.


Legal offices
Preceded by
William Crowninshield Endicott
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Succeeded by
William Gardner

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