Bentley Hasell

June 18, 1807
May 4, 1836
Home Town:
Charleston, SC
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Catherine Cruger Hasell (April 12, 1828)
Biographical Notes:
Bentley Hasell was born at Sullivan's Island, South Carolina on June 18, 1807. He graduated from Yale and moved on to Litchfield Law School (graduating in 1827). He returned to South Carolina to become a planter; soon deciding to move to Alabama to do the same. Due to very poor health (condition unknown), he moved north for a change in both climate and physicians. He died in New York City on May 4, 1836.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1825.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
Columbia, SC in 1828

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.
George C. Woodruff List; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 20.

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