Homer Stillé Cummings was born April 30, 1870, the son of a distinguished inventor, manufacturer, and writer on technical subjects. He was educated at the Heathcote School in Buffalo and at Yale College and Law School, and in 1893 was admitted to the bar of Connecticut, where he maintained his home during his career as a practicing lawyer and a leader of the Democratic Party.1 He participated in the civic life of his community and state--as mayor of Stamford at the age of 30, twice re-elected and President of the Mayors' Association of Connecticut, President of the Stamford Board of Trade, and member of the State Council of Defense for the mobilization of industry in one of the nation's leading industrial states during the World War. In 1909 he organized the firm of Cummings and Lockwood which engaged in a growing and diversified practice.
At the appointment of the local courts, he served for a decade as state's attorney. In his capacity as a prosecutor, he tempered professional zeal with humanity and a search for truth which found its most widely-known example in the story of State v. Harold Israel.2 In Fairfield County, only a few miles from the borders of New York and not a great distance from Rhode Island____________________