James Reeve Gould

November 2, 1803
October 11, 1830
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Augusta, GA
Biographical Notes:
James Reeve Gould was the son of Judge James Gould and Sally Tracy Gould. In 1818 and 1819 James began his education at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in his hometown of Litchfield, Connecticut. He then entered into Yale College where he graduated in 1824 before beginning a study of the law at the Litchfield Law School that same year. After completing his studies in Litchfield, Gould moved to Augusta, Georgia to practice law with his older brother William Tracy Gould. His brother's former partner, Litchfield Law School student Roger Wolcott Cooke had died on a sea voyage. James's time working with his brother was limited however, and died only three years later on October 11, 1830. His death was believed to be one of the reasons his father closed the Litchfield Law School only three years later on October 11, 1830.

Years at school:
LLS: 1824; LFA: 1818-1819
Other Education:
Attended the Litchfield Female Academy from 1818-1819 and graduated from Yale College in 1824.

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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.
"Catalogue of the Ladies Academy in Litchfield" 1818 by J.A. Shepard (Litchfield Female Academy - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

Woodruff, George Catlin. "LLS Notes." (Litchfield Historical Society).

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 20.
Secondary Sources:
Yale University. Biographical Sketches of the Class of 1824. A.H. Byington, Printer, 1855.

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