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Benjamin Robbins Curtis, Jr

  • Birth 15 Jun 1855 Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 25 Jan 1891 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 52895572

Benjamin Robbins Curtis was born June 15, 1855 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Benjamin Robbins Curtis and Anna Wroe Scollay Curtis.

he received his early education at schools in Boston. At the age of twelve, he was sent to St. Paul's School at Concord, New Hampshire, where he remained until he entered Harvard in June 1871.

While in college, he was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club and at one time its secretary, a member of the A. D. Club and the O.K. Society, was editor of the Harvard Advocate, and was during his senior year president of the Harvard Athletic Association.

Immediately after graduation, he started on a journey around the world, visiting Japan, China (including Peking and the Great Wall), Singapore, Java, Ceylon, India, and Egypt, and ending with a hasty look at Europe. This trip lasted nearly a year, and on his return he revised his diary written on his journey, and published it under the title of "Dottings around the Circle."

After spending a year at Harvard Law School, he finished his study for the bar in the office of Albert Mason, Esq., in Plymouth, where he was admitted to the bar in 1878. He practised law in Boston, in partnership with Judge Mason and Arthur Lord under the firm name of Mason, Lord & Curtis, until the partnership was dissolved by the appointment of Judge Mason to the Superior Court in 1882, after which Curtis continued his law practice without a partner.

He was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1885. In 1881, he was appointed lecturer at the Boston Law School on the "Courts of the United States." In 1886, he was appointed by Governor Robinson an Associate Justice of the Municipal Court of the City of Boston, which office he held at his death.

Besides writing the story of his trip around the world, in 1879 he edited the life and writings of his father, B. R. Curtis; and in the next year, in connection with Hon. George Ticknor Curtis, of New York, his father's lectures, delivered at Harvard Law School, on the Jurisdiction, Practice, and Peculiar Jurisprudence of the Courts of the United States; and, in 1885, a volume of Myer's Federal Decisions, title "Courts."

Benjamin had taken a great interest in the new Suffolk courthouse, and was able to take a part in the opening exercises of the Municipal Court, in the new building, on January 12, 1891; but, as the justices hold the different sessions of the court in rotation, and as his duties assigned him to those sessions still held in the old courthouse, he never sat as justice in the new building except on that day. The week of his illness was intended to be his first week of service there.

He died after a week's illness at his home, 34 Newbury Street, Boston, of pneumonia, on Sunday, January 25, 1891.

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  • Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
  • Added: 27 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52895572
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Robbins Curtis, Jr (15 Jun 1855–25 Jan 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52895572, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Ryan D. Curtis (contributor 46858513) .