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June 18, 1800
November 30, 1866
Elizabeth Riddle Black Groome (December 6, 1836)
John Charles Groome was the son of Dr. John Groome and Elizabeth Black. He was born on June 18, 1800 in Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland. Groome entered Princeton at an early age and graduated in 1819 with the highest honors in his class. He then read law for several years with the Hon. E.F. Chambers and Levin Gale before coming to Litchfield Law School in 1824. In 1825, he began his legal practice in Elkton, MD and took many law students into his office. Groome was known as "the father of the Cecil bar" but had no interest in politics or a public life. He was appointed by the Maryland Senate to a state senate term in 1833, but was unaware they were going to do so. He served the term but refused to be reelected. Despite his earlier lack of interest in politcs, Groome ran for governor in 1857 ...[more]
Years at LLS:
Attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).
Lawyer; Political Office; Business
Training with Other Lawyers:
He read law with the Hon. E.F. Chambers and Levin Gale.
State Senator (MD) 1833
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 20.
Biographical Cyclopeida of Representative Men of Maryland and District of Columbia. Higginson Book Company, 1997.
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