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CRJ251: Criminology (Mayhew): The Judges

Who sat on the bench during Lizzie Borden's trial?

This page will provide brief biographies of some of the people serving as judge during the Trial.

Chief Justice Albert Mason (1836-1905)

CHIEF JUSTICE ALBERT MASONBorn in Middleborough, Mass., Mason was the son of Albert T. and Arlina (Orcutt) Mason. In 1857, in Plymouth, Mass., he married Miss Lydia F. Whiting. He was appointed associate justice in 1882 and, in 1890, chief justice of the superior court.

He was one of the judges who presided over the trial of Miss Lizzie A. Borden. He died in Brookline, Mass. in 1905. .

Justice Justin Dewey (1836-1900)

JUSTICE JUSTIN DEWEYBorn in Alford, Mass., Dewey was the son of Justin and Melinda (Kelsey) Dewey. He wed Miss Jane Stanley in Great Barrington in 1865. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1862 and again in 1877. He was also elected to the state senate in 1879.

In 1886, he was appointed judge of the Massachusetts superior court by Governor George D. Robinson, the man who would later successfully defend Lizzie Borden. He died in Springfield, Mass. in 1900.

Justice Caleb Blodgett (1832-1901)

JUSTICE CALEB BLODGETTBorn in Dorchester, NH, Blodgett was the son of Caleb and Charlotte (Piper) Blodgett. He married Miss Roxie B. Martin of Canaan in 1865.

In 1882, he was appointed associate justice of the superior court by Governor John D. Long, a position from which he retired in 1900. It was in this capacity that he served at the Borden trial in 1893.

Source Citation

Lizzie Andrew Borden Virtual Museum & Library. (n.d.). Cast of characters. Retrieved from