Roger Minott Shermann was born at Woburn, Mass., in 1773, and was graduated at Yale College in 1792. Three years later he was appointed a Tutor in this institution. He was admitted to the Bar in New Haven in 1796, and established himself in practice in the County of Fairfield, where he soon rose to eminence. In 1814, being then a member of the Council or Upper House of the Legislature of Connecticut, he was appointed by the General Assembly one of the delegates from this state to the Convention which met at Hartford in December of that year. He continued his professional practice with distinguished reputation and success until May, 1840, when he accepted the appointment of Judge of the Superior Court of this State, and left the bar of which he had been for forty four years a shining light, to dignify and adorn the bench. Ill health obliged him in May, 1812, to resign this office. He died in Fairfield, December 30th, 1844, at the 72d year of his age. In pursuance of his wish and attention, his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Sherman, bequeathed in 1849 to this College the sum of $1000, charged with a life annuity of $200 to one of his relatives. The portrait was painted by N. Jocelyn, from an original taken by him in 1840. [Pp. 26-27.]
Catalogue of Paintings, belonging to Yale College; deposited in the South Room of the Trumbull Gallery. New Haven: Printed by B.L. Hamlen, Printer to Yale College. 1852.