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Elijah Adams

March 23, 1838
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Litchfield, CT
Geneva, NY
Minerva Adams (1798)
Biographical Notes:
Elijah Adams was the son of Andrew Adams and Eunice Adams of Litchfield, Connecticut. His father attended Yale College in 1760 and moved to Litchfield to practice Law in 1774. He later become the Justice of the Peace for Litchfield County, as well as Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Connecticut.

Elijah, the fifth of six children, pursued a legal career as well. He studied law at the Litchfield Law School in 1794 and was admitted to the Connecticut bar the following year. He remained in Litchfield to carry on his practice from 1799 to 1806. He then removed to Geneva, New York in 1806 and was admitted to the bar there in 1807. Elijah resided in New York state until his death on March 23, 1838 in Carmel, New York.
Additional Notes:
Elijah's wife, Minerva, died on July 1, 1800 at the age of eighteen, not long after their marriage.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
Connecticut in 1795, and in New York in 1807

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.
"Moothall Society Record Books," Litchfield Law School Collection Series 1, Subseries 3, Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
NY Evening Post 28 March 1838.
Kilbourne, Dwight C. The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut 1709-1909. Litchfield, CT: Published by the Author, 1909.

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