Nehemiah Abbott

Other Name:
Nehemiah Abbott
March 29, 1804
July 26, 1877
Home Town:
Sidney, ME
Later Residences:
Calais, ME
Belfast, ME
Columbus, MS
Caroline Belcher Abbott (June 28, 1836)
Biographical Notes:
Nehemiah was the fourth child of Asa Abbott, a successful land speculator, and his wife Hephzibah Brooks Abbott. In 1822 he graduated from Columbia College (now Columbia University) before attending the Litchfield Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut. After being admitted to the bar in Bangor, Maine in 1836 he proceeded to practice law for three years in Calais, Maine.

He then moved to Mississippi, but after spending a year practicing law in Columbus with his brother Howard Brooks Abbott, he returned to Maine in 1840 and settled in Belfast. After resettling he served as the editor of the People's Advocate of Belfast in 1844. Abbott also served as a United States Representative in Congress from 1857 to 1859 and then as Mayor of Belfast, Maine from 1865 to 1866. He continued his ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Columbia College in 1822.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Editor; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Bangor, ME in 1836
Training with Other Lawyers:
Abbott spent a year from 1839 to 1840 in Columbus, MS practicing law with his brother Howard Brooks Abbott.
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (ME) 1857-1859
State Posts:
State Representative (ME) 1842-1843, 1845
Local Posts:
Mayor (Belfast, ME) 1865-1866

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Williamson, Joseph. History of the City of Belfast in the State of Maine, Vol. I. Portland: Loring, Short, and Harmon, 1877.
Secondary Sources:
Abbott, Nehemiah. Kansas-Lecompton Constitution, and the President’s Lecompton message. Speech of Hon. Nehemiah Abbott, of Maine. Delivered in the U.S. House of Representatives, March 22, 1858. [Washington, D.C.: Buell & Blanchard, printers, 1858]
Abbott, Lemuel Abijah. Descendants of George Abbott, of Rowley, Mass, vol. I. Published by Compiler, 1906.
Williamson, Joseph. History of the City of Belfast In the State of Maine, Vol. I. Portland: Loring, Short, and Harmon, 1877.
Little, George Thomas, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1909.

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