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Judge Otis Phillips Lord

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Judge Otis Phillips Lord

Birth
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death
13 Mar 1884 (aged 71)
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot
Greenwood Avenue
Memorial ID
166545878 View Source

Otis was the son of Nathaniel Lord, former Register of Probate for Essex County,and his wife Eunice (Kimball) Lord, and a brother of Nathaniel James Lord, who died in 1869. He descended from Robert Lord, who came from Ipswich, England.

Otis P. Lord was fitted for college at Dummer Academy, entered Amherst and graduated in 1832. He graduated in 1836 from the Dane Law School at Cambridge. He was admitted to the bar in Salem in Dec. 1835, and began practice in his profession in his native town. In 1844 he removed to Salem, where he resided until his death in 1884.

He was a member of the House of Representatives in 1847, '48, '52, '53, '54, in which the last year he was Speaker. In 1849 he was a member of the Senate, and in 1853 a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. Upon the organization of the Superior Court, in 1859, he was appointed by Governor Banks an associate justice, and held this position until he was appointed by Governor Gaston, Dec. 21, 1875, an associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. The latter position he resigned Dec.r 8, 1882, and he died in Salem on the 13th of March, 1884.

He married in Ipswich to Elizabeth W. Farley on Oct. 9, 1843. They had no children. Otis was also notable as a friend of Emily Dickinson and her father, Edward, whom shared his conservative views. Otis and his wife visited the Dickinsons often. His romantic relationship developed with Emily Dickinson after the death of his wife in 1877. Fifteen manuscripts survive from their correspondence [They can be viewed online at Amherst College flickr site]. Some passages seem to suggest that they contemplated marrying before he died. He had a great, if sometimes racy, sense of humor, powerful oratory skills, a sharp wit.

[one source: "History of Essex County, Massachusetts", by Duane Hamilton Hurd, Published 1888, pages xliv-xlv.]

Otis was the son of Nathaniel Lord, former Register of Probate for Essex County,and his wife Eunice (Kimball) Lord, and a brother of Nathaniel James Lord, who died in 1869. He descended from Robert Lord, who came from Ipswich, England.

Otis P. Lord was fitted for college at Dummer Academy, entered Amherst and graduated in 1832. He graduated in 1836 from the Dane Law School at Cambridge. He was admitted to the bar in Salem in Dec. 1835, and began practice in his profession in his native town. In 1844 he removed to Salem, where he resided until his death in 1884.

He was a member of the House of Representatives in 1847, '48, '52, '53, '54, in which the last year he was Speaker. In 1849 he was a member of the Senate, and in 1853 a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. Upon the organization of the Superior Court, in 1859, he was appointed by Governor Banks an associate justice, and held this position until he was appointed by Governor Gaston, Dec. 21, 1875, an associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. The latter position he resigned Dec.r 8, 1882, and he died in Salem on the 13th of March, 1884.

He married in Ipswich to Elizabeth W. Farley on Oct. 9, 1843. They had no children. Otis was also notable as a friend of Emily Dickinson and her father, Edward, whom shared his conservative views. Otis and his wife visited the Dickinsons often. His romantic relationship developed with Emily Dickinson after the death of his wife in 1877. Fifteen manuscripts survive from their correspondence [They can be viewed online at Amherst College flickr site]. Some passages seem to suggest that they contemplated marrying before he died. He had a great, if sometimes racy, sense of humor, powerful oratory skills, a sharp wit.

[one source: "History of Essex County, Massachusetts", by Duane Hamilton Hurd, Published 1888, pages xliv-xlv.]


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  • Created by: pMcP
  • Added: 6 Jul 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 166545878
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/166545878/otis-phillips-lord: accessed ), memorial page for Judge Otis Phillips Lord (11 Jul 1812–13 Mar 1884), Find a Grave Memorial ID 166545878, citing Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA; Maintained by pMcP (contributor 48680380).