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Ralsaman C. Austin

September 19, 1840
Home Town:
New Hartford, CT
Later Residences:
Peekskill, NY
Rye, NY
Washington, District of Columbia
Margaret Diven Austin (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Ralsaman C. Austin was the son of Judge Aaron Austin and Esther Kellogg Austin. His father was the Judge of the County Court of Litchfield and a Trustee of the Connecticut Missionary Society. Austin graduated from Yale College in 1801 and attended the Litchfield Law School in that same year. He was married to Margaret Diven at West Point, New York. During his life he lived in Peeksill, New York, had land dealing in Rye, New York, and served as the clerk in the United States General Land Office. Austin died in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 1840.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1801.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
1803 in Litchfield, CT
Federal Posts:
Clerk of the U.S. General Land Office

Related Objects and Documents
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.
Ledger. "Journals of the Barr - Litchfield County." Litchfield Historical Society.; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 4.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1801, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Moore, Edith Austin & William Allen Day. The Descendants of Richard Austin of Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1638. Higginson Book Co.

Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 5. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1911.

Kilbourne, Dwight C. The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut 1709-1909. Litchfield, CT: Published by the Author, 1909

Hopkins, Timothy. Kelloggs in the Old World and the New, Vol. 1. Sunset Press and Photo Engraving Co., 1903.;

Daily Globe, Washington, DC 21 Sept 1840.

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