Colden, Cadwallader David
- Paul David Nelson
Colden, Cadwallader David (04 April 1769–07 February 1834), lawyer and politician, was born at “Spring Hill,” the family estate, near Flushing, Long Island, New York, the son of David Colden, a scholar, and Ann Willett. He was the grandson of Cadwallader Colden, who was lieutenant governor and often acting governor of the province in the years before the Revolution. As a member of the famous Colden family, he grew up in privileged circumstances, receiving his education in Flushing, then spending a year (1784) at a school in London, England. Following the death of his father, he returned to the United States and took up the study of law, pursuing the subject by moving to St. John, New Brunswick, and working under the guidance of William Wylly, the Crown counsel. Imbibing Wylly’s vast learning and his love of British law, Colden became thoroughly knowledgeable in, and respectful toward, English jurisprudence. In 1791, having completed his legal studies under Wylly, he returned to New York City and opened his own law office. Two years later he married Maria Provoost, a daughter of ...