Greenleaf, Simon (1783-1853)

Simon Greenleaf
Simon Greenleaf

In Recognition For: Service to the Town of Gray

Simon Greenleaf (5 Dec 1783 - 16 Oct 1853) was a lawyer in Gray from 1807-1818.  He studied law with Ezekiel Whitman in New Gloucester, Maine and was admitted to the Cumberland County Bar in 1805.  In 1818 Simon became active in organizing the new state government and was a representative from Portland in Maine’s first legislature.  In 1833, Mr. Greenleaf was appointed as a professor of  law at Harvard College, where he remained for 15 years.  He was given honorary degrees from Bowdoin, Harvard and Amherst.  After his death, his personal library was given to the Cumberland County Bar Association and became a foundation for the present Cleaves Law Library.  Greenleaf Street in Gray was named in honor of him.

Sponsor: Gray Historical Society
Added: 25 Jan 2012

Note: Simon Greenleaf on Wikipedia