Click to enlarge image
"Right knows no boundaries, and justice no frontiers; the brotherhood of man is not a domestic institution." Learned Hand, A Pledge of Allegiance (1945), in The Spirit of Liberty, Alfred A. Knopf, 1974 at Page 193.
Mr. Vincent graduated in 1970 from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1974. In 1977, the Dedman School of Law awarded him a Juris Doctor degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Bar Memberships and Appointments:
The Vincent heritage on the American continent begins in 1637 when John Vincent, 8th great grandfather, first appeared in Saugus, Massachusetts.
In 1638, he became the first Constable of Sandwich, Massachusetts, appointed by the "ten men from Saugus," and was elected to serve as Deputy of the General Court in Plymouth in 1639, 1649, 1650, 1651, 1655, 1659, 1661, and 1662. John Vincent moved to Yarmouth at some time after 1662 where he purchased land in an area that became Dennis, Massachusetts. The old Vincent farm, held by three Vincent generations into the mid 18th century, is now occupied by the Cape Cinema and the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis. Joshua Vincent (4th great grandfather), born in Dennis in 1757, mustered into service in 1776 to fight in the Revolution for three years, and moved to Ashfield, Massachusetts in 1779 with his wife, Sarah Taylor. His cousins, Joseph and David Vincent, followed his lead, leaving Dennis and arriving in Ashfield with their families in 1792 and establishing 200 acres of farmland in Apple Valley. They are buried in the Northwest Cemetery in Apple Valley. After Sarah Taylor's death in 1796, Joshua married Phebe Negus (4th great grandmother) from Buckland and moved in 1799 to Heath, Massachusetts. They are buried in the Heath Center Cemetery.
Orrin Vincent (3rd great grandfather) and Chandler Arad Vincent (2nd great grandfather) owned and operated farmland in Heath and Charlemont. Great grandfather Edwin Vincent superintended the Davis Mine in Rowe and constructed, as "road boss," state highways and local roads in the area, including
Route 2, commonly known by tourists as the Mohawk Trail. In the beginning of the 20th century, grandfather Philip Vincent joined his half brother, Harry Williams, in a construction business in Greenfield and surrounding communities.
Mr. Thomas (Philip) Vincent was born on March 22, 1951 in Greenfield, Massachusetts. He resides with his wife, Angela Sciotti Vincent, in Goshen, Massachusetts within 11 miles of Apple Valley (Ashfield, Massachusetts) and within 20 miles of the homesteads of his great grandfathers in Heath and Charlemont.
Mr. Vincent is a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution in honor of Joshua Vincent's service in the Revolutionary War and in full appreciation of limited government and the constitutional guarantees of liberty and justice. He feels a special endearment for his compatriots from Sandwich and Dennis, Massachusetts.