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Willis Hall

July 14, 1868
Home Town:
Granville, NY
Later Residences:
Winsted, CT
Biographical Notes:
Willis Hall of Granville, New York was the son of the Reverend Hall. From 1819-1821 Willis attended Middlebury College, and in 1824 he graduated from Yale. He then began a legal education and studied at the Litchfield Law School in 1827. After Willis Hall was admitted to the bar in 1827, he moved to Mobile, Alabama where he practiced law for four years. In 1831, he returned to New York and continued to practice law there until 1839, and was at one time a State Representative. He suffered from an attack of paralysis in 1843 from which he never fully recovered. Willis Hall died in New York City on July 14, 1868.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Studied at Middlebury College from 1819 - 1821 and graduated from Yale College in 1824.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
State Posts:
State Representative (NY)

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

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 21.

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