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Daniel Lyman

For the American-born politician in New Brunswick, see Daniel Lyman (loyalist).
Daniel Lyman
30th Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court
In office
Preceded by Peleg Arnold
Succeeded by James Burrill, Jr.
Personal details
Born 1756
Durham, Connecticut
Died 1830
Spouse(s) Mary Wanton
Alma mater Yale College
Occupation Surveyor, lawyer, military officer, chief justice

Daniel Lyman (1756–1830) was a New England soldier, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and member of the secessionist Hartford Convention.

Lyman was born in Durham, Connecticut to Thomas Lyman. While attending Yale College, Lyman was commissioned as a captain in the Continental Army, serving in the battles of Ticonderoga, Crown Point, and St. Johns. After his graduation in 1776, he was commissioned as a major, served at the battle of White Plains, and from 1778 until the close of the war was an aide to General William Heath. He married Mary "Polly" Wanton in 1782 in Newport, Rhode Island, and they had 13 children. Lyman served as a member of the Hartford Convention in 1814-15 He later acted as surveyor for the port of Newport. He also practiced law, and served as the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court from 1812 to 1816. He retired north of Providence in 1808, and became a partner in the Lyman Cotton Manufacturing Company.[1]

Lyman's daughter Harriet Hazard and his son-in-law Benjamin Hazard inherited Lyman's home, the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, now a museum in Newport.[1]


  • Bibliographic Cyclopedia of Rhode Island (1881), p. 208.
  • National Cyclopedia of American Biography, volume X, p. 119.
  • Coleman, Lyman. Genealogy of the Lyman Family in Great Britain and North America (Albany, N.Y.: J, Munsell, 1872), p. 207.


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