|Birth: ||Jan. 9, 1781|
|Death: ||Mar. 30, 1861|
Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Springfield Republican Monday, April 1, 1861
Death Of Chief Justice Shaw
Lemuel Shaw, the venerable ex-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, died at his residence in Boston, on Saturday morning. His health has been such for some time that it was not unreasonable to anticipate his death at any moment, but when the event came it was nevertheless sudden and startling. His disease was of the heart and has recently been at times quite painful and attended with fits of mental aberration. He got up as usual, Saturday morning and was dressing himself and conversing with one of his sons, when he dropped down and expired almost instantly. He had reached the great age of 80, having been born at Barnstable, January 9, 1781, his father being Rev. Oakes Shaw. He graduated at Harvard in 1800, was admitted to the bar in 1804 and remained in practice in Boston till he was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth in 1830, which office he held until September last. He had previously represented Boston several years in the legislature and was a member of the corporation of Harvard College for about thirty years. He was twice married, after remaining single till about forty. His last wife survives him and four children, Oakes Shaw and Mrs. Melville, wife of Herman Melville, children of his first wife and Lemuel Shaw, a lawyer in Boston and Samuel S. Shaw by his second wife.
Judge Shaw has left an enviable reputation. He was distinguished alike for the research and thoroughness with which he examined every subject brought before him for decision, for the stern simplicity and purity of his style and for an unswerving and unsuspected integrity. Few men have so combined all the rare qualities that go to make up the just, learned and popular jurist. There have been other men as great and there may have been other men as good, but in our time there has been no one whose integrity and ability have received such general and unquestioned recognition. He was one of the few men who are fortunate in their life time. He was happy in the consciousness of a useful and honorable life, which is first of all in importance to any man and happy in the esteem and love of every human being that knew him, which is the next highest source of true enjoyment in this life. There is no occasion for grief at his death, for his life was as fully rounded and perfect as falls to the lot of the most favored and his death was sudden and without pain. He leaves on the judicial records of the state marks of his genius and fidelity that will make his name immortal.
Oakes Shaw (1736 - 1807)
Susannah Hayward Shaw (1745 - 1839)
Elizabeth Knapp Shaw (1784 - 1822)*
Hope Savage Shaw (1793 - 1879)*
Samuel Savage Shaw (____ - 1915)*
John Oakes Shaw (1820 - 1902)*
Elizabeth Shaw Melville (1822 - 1906)*
Lemuel Shaw (1829 - 1884)*
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Plot: Harebell Path, Lot 3108.
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Record added: Sep 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42435764
Added: Dec. 4, 2014
Ranked as the greatest non-Supreme Court judge in U.S. history. "No other state judge through his opinions alone had so great an influence on the course of American law."|
Added: Feb. 3, 2010