"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:
- Entered the Texas Bar in 1977
- Entered Massachusetts Bar in 1978
- Entered Federal Bar (First District) in 1979
- Chaired the Massachusetts Bar Lawyer Referral Service during 1990 through 1993
- Served on the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Board of Governors during 1993 through 1996
- Life member of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation
- Attorney and Counsellor at Law in the United States Supreme Court since May 27, 1986
- Served as a member of the Development Council of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital during 1990 through 1997
- Served as member of the Board of Trustees of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital during 1993 through 1997
- Served as chair of the Town of Goshen Zoning Board of Appeals during 1987 through 2010
- Contributes to local charities and regularly performs free legal services for clients in need
- President of the Pomeroy Chapter of the Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution 2014 to 2021
- Chancellor of the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution 2017 to present
- Member of the Board of Managers of the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution 2017 to present
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.