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Hon. Isaac Story

by Charles D. Elliot.
He was born in Marblehead, Mass., November 4, 1818, died, in Somerville December 19, 1901, and was son of Isaac and Sarah Martin (Bowen) Story. He was nephew of the Hon. Joseph Story, justice of the supreme court of the United States, grandson of Dr. Elisha Story, who was a surgeon in the Revolutionary War, a member of the Sons of Liberty, and of the Tea Party, and was one of the patriots who captured the British cannon on Boston Common, one of which is now in Bunker Hill monument. He fought in the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill beside General Warren, an intimate friend, and later was in charge of the wounded at Winter Hill, and was with Washington at Long Island, White Plains, and Trenton. His maternal grandfather, Sergeant, afterwards Lieutenant, Nathan Bowen, was one of the soldiers who, under General Heath, guarded the Hessian prisoners on Winter Hiil, and his father, Isaac Story, commanded the Marblehead Light Infantry in the War of 1812.

Mr. Story was educated at the Lynn Academy, and at the Pierce Academy, Middleborough. In 1839, at twenty years of age, he was principal of the Franklin Academy, Kutztown, Pa., and afterwards of Bertie Union Academy, North Carolina, and later taught in Maryland. He studied law in Philadelphia, Pa., and in Lynn, Mass. In 1843 he entered the law office of Hon. Charles Theodore Russell, father of Governor Russell, where he was associated with John A. Andrew, later war governor of Massachusetts. He was admitted to the bar in 1844, and to practice in the United States courts in 1845, practicing most of the time in Boston until 1873, when he was appointed justice of [30] tile police court of Somerville, holding his court in the present city hall until the erection of the court house on Bow street. He held the office of justice until his death.

He was married in 1846 to Elizabeth Bowen Woodbury, of Beverly, who died in 1888, and second to Mary Ann Chase, of Lynn.

Judge Story came to Somerville in 1853, and had resided here ever since, excepting from 1857 to 1861. In 1856 he represented Somerville in the legislature, and was for many years on its school board.

He was a student of genealogy and history, a gentleman of literary tastes and abilities, his favorite study being Egyptology, his research into its history and mysteries extending over very many years.

A widow and three sons survive him. One son, William E., is a professor of mathematics in Clark University, another, Frederick W., is an attorney-at-law in Baltimore, Md., and the third, Isaac M., an engineer of great experience, being for some time chief engineer of the Boston & Lowell railroad, and now representing the city of Somerville in the legislature.

Judge Story was a gentleman of friendly mien and courtly planners, and as a magistrate he tempered justice with mercy and sympathy.

His loss is mourned by all who knew him.

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