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 Joseph Kinnicut Angell

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Joseph Kinnicut Angell

  • Birth 30 Apr 1794
  • Death 4 May 1857
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 70551123

Born on April 30th 1794, Joseph K. Angell was the son of Amey Kinnicutt Angell and Nathan Angell. His father was a descendent of Thomas Angell, one of the original 13 proprietors of Providence Plantations who came to the Narragansett country with founder Roger Williams in 1636. Though his parents were storekeepers in Providence, Joseph Angell acquired sufficient preparatory education and had sufficient financial resources to enter Brown University in 1809. After receiving his A.B. in 1813 he went on to study at the renowned law school in Litchfield, Connecticut, before returning to Rhode Island, where he was admitted to the practice of law in 1816. Angell briefly read law in Providence with the Hon. Thomas Burgess (BP 98) before moving to England in 1819. It was overseas that he decided to forgo the practice of law in favor of writing about jurisprudence. It is for his many legal treatises that he is best known today.Angell returned to the U.S. and in 1824 published his first book, A Treatise on the Common Law Relating to Water Courses, which addressed the uses of waterways by manufacturing companies and mills. This was followed by The Right of Property in Tide Waters (1826), Adverse Possession (1827), The Limitation of Actions (1829), The Law of Private Corporations Aggregate (1832, with Samuel Ames), Law of Assignment (1835), The Law of Carriers of Goods and Passengers (1849), and The Law of Insurance (1854). Angell was also active in publishing and editing the US Law Intelligencer and Review and was a signer of the Nine Lawyers' Opinion on the Right of the People of Rhode Island to Form a Constitution , written by Thomas Wilson Dorr. From 1845 to 1849 Angell was the court reporter of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island. Wholly absorbed by his writing and intellectual pursuits, Joseph Angell was a lifelong bachelor. His life memoir, contained in Bibliographical memoirs of three Rhode Island authors, J.K. Angell, Frances H. (Whipple) McDougall, Catharine R. Williams , was published by Sidney Rider in 1880. In an address given on the occasion of his receiving an honorary A.M. from Brown, it was said of Joseph K Angell, "he had lived without an enemy; distinguished through life by the simplicity of his character, by his kindly feelings toward all around him, by his attachment to his friends, by his freedom from prejudice, and by the total absence of all malevolence of spirit." Joseph Angell died suddenly on May 4th 1857 at the age of 63 in Boston, Massachusetts.This portrait does not appear to be signed, and the name of its artist is unknown at present.


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  • Created by: Linda Mac
  • Added: 29 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70551123
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Kinnicut Angell (30 Apr 1794–4 May 1857), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70551123, ; Maintained by Linda Mac (contributor 47062703) Unknown.