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Seneca Austin

December 25, 1801
June 8, 1880
Later Residences:
Burlington, VT
Cincinnati, OH
Austinburg, KY
Hancock County, IL
Effingham, IL
Louisa Bliss Austin (June 16, 1823)
Julia Ann Burnet Austin (1841)
Biographical Notes:
Seneca Austin was born in 1801 to Josiah Austin and Mary Bush Austin. He attended the University of Vermont and the Litchfield Law School in 1820. After completing his legal studies, Austin worked as an attorney in Burlington, Vermont and was the law partner of Luman Foot, with whom he edited and published the Burlington Free Press in 1827. He married Louisa Bliss in 1823. She died in 1839.

From 1840-1841 he attended the Lane theological seminary in Cincinnati,Ohio. He was ordained in 1841. His first parish was in Hancock County, IL where he traveled around serving various churches. Around 1841, he married Julia Ann Burnet in Cincinnati, Ohio. They had five children. In 1845 they returned to Cincinnati where Austin invested in a lucrative land deal. He purchased a large farm ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
University of Vermont, 1820; Lane Theological Seminary, 1840-41

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Religious Calling; Agriculture; Editor

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 17.
Secondary Sources:
Moore, Edith Austin & William Allen Day. The Descendants of Richard Austin of Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1638. Higginson Book Co. Revised edition available online from the Austin Families Association of America.

General Catalogue of Lane Theological Seminary, 1828-1881, Cincinnati, Elm street printing company, 1881.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and of the Presidents of the United States Chicago, Lake City Publishing Company, 1893.

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