Paul Dudley (jurist)

Paul Dudley FRS (September 3, 1675 – January 25, 1751), Attorney-General of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, was the son of colonial governor Joseph Dudley and grandson of one of the colony's founders, Thomas Dudley.[1]

Paul Dudley
Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court of Judicature
In office
1745–1751
Appointed byWilliam Shirley
Preceded byBenjamin Lynde Sr.
Succeeded byStephen Sewall
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court of Judicature
In office
1718–1745
Appointed bySamuel Shute
Preceded bySamuel Sewall
Succeeded byNathaniel Hubbard
1st Attorney General of Massachusetts
In office
1702–1718
GovernorJoseph Dudley
William Tailer
Samuel Shute
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byJohn Valentine
Personal details
Born(1675-09-03)September 3, 1675
Roxbury, Massachusetts
DiedJanuary 25, 1751(1751-01-25) (aged 75)
Roxbury, Massachusetts
EducationHarvard University

Dudley was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1675.[1] After graduating from the Roxbury Latin School and then, at the age of 15, from Harvard in 1690, he studied law at the Temple in London, and became Attorney General of Massachusetts from 1702 to 1718. He was associate justice of the province's highest court, the Superior Court of Judicature, from 1718 to 1745, and chief justice from 1745 until his death in January 1751.

He was a member of the Royal Society (London), to whose Transactions he contributed several valuable papers on the natural history of New England, as well as the founder of the Dudleian lectures on religion at Harvard University. Dudley was an investor in the Equivalent Lands.[2] Along with his brother, William, he was the first proprietor and namesake of Dudley, Massachusetts.

Dudley died in Roxbury, and is buried in the Eliot Burying Ground next to his father and grandfather.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Maier, Pauline (1985). "The Pope at Harvard: The Dudleian Lectures, Anti-Catholicism, and the Politics of Protestantism". Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 97: 17. JSTOR 25080941.
  2. ^ History of western Massachusetts:

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Dudley, Thomas". Encyclopædia Britannica. 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 637.