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Theron Metcalf

Theron Metcalf (16 October 1784 Franklin, Massachusetts - 12 November 1875 Boston) was a New England jurist and a judge of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.


Metcalf graduated from Brown University in 1805. In 1839 he was appointed reporter of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, and he sat on the bench of that court from 24 February 1848 until 1865. Brown gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1844, and Harvard University the same in 1848. His annotations were considered valuable for their philosophical investigation and discriminating analysis. Metcalf gave to Brown a set of fifty volumes of ordination sermons that he had collected.

He delivered the 4th of July oration at Dedham in 1810, and an address before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Brown in 1832.


His publications include:

  • A Digest of the Cases decided in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts from 1816 to 1823, including the Five last Volumes of Tyng's and the first of Octavius Pickering's Reports (Boston, 1825)
  • Reports from 1840 till 1849 (13 vols., 1840–51)
  • the first volume of Digest of Decisions of Courts of Common Law and Admiralty in the United States (1840)
  • a Supplement to the Revised Statutes of Massachusetts till 1844, with Luther S. Cushing (1844)
  • articles to The American Jurist on the “Law of Contracts.”

He edited:

  • Asahel Stearns and Lemuel Shaw, The General Laws of Massachusetts till 1822 (2 vols., 1823)
  • George Maule and William Selwyn's Reports
  • Russell on Crimes
  • Starkie on Evidence
  • Yelverton's Reports



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Title last held by
Marcus Morton
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Succeeded by
James Colt

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