Augustus Cincinnatus Hand

September 9, 1803
March 8, 1878
Home Town:
Shoreham, VT
Later Residences:
Elizabethtown, NY
Marcia Northrup Hand (1829)
Biographical Notes:
Augustus Cincinnatus Hand was the firstborn son of the nine children to Samuel and Elizabeth [Sill] Hand. He was born in Shoreham, Vermont on Sept. 4, 1803. He moved to New York after attending Litchfield Law School. From 1831 to 1838 he served at the Surrogate Justice of Essex County, New York. He was then elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1841); elected a member of the State senate in 1844 and served several years as the associate justice of the State supreme court 1847-1855. He died in Elizabethtown, Essex County, N.Y., March 8, 1878; interment in Riverside Cemetery. He and wife Marcia Salome Northrup had three sons and one daughter, and all three of their sons became lawyers.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (NY) 1839-1841
State Posts:
State Senator (NY) 1844
Associate Judge of the Supreme Court (NY) 1847-1855
Local Posts:
Surrogate (Essex County, NY) 1831-1839

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.
Letters home from Litchfield; receipt for room from Mrs. Seymour; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 22.
Secondary Sources:
Dymond, Dorothy Hand. Genealogy of the Hand Family and Related Families. Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, Inc, 1982.

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