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ISHAM, Jirah, soldier, born in Colchester, Connecticut, in May, 1778; died in New London, Connecticut, 6 October, 1842. His father, Captain John Isham, was a Revolutionary officer, and often a member of the general assembly of the state. The son was graduated at Yale in 1797, studied law with David Daggett and John G. Brainard, and established himself in the practice of his profession in New London in 1800. He occupied many local offices of public trust, was at one time mayor of New London, state's attorney for New London county from 1833 till 1842, and from 1840 till his death was judge of probate for New London district. During the war of 1812 with Great Britain he commanded at the bombardment of Stonington.
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