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Charles Hawley

June 15, 1792
January 23, 1866
Home Town:
Huntington, CT
Later Residences:
Stamford, CT
East Haddam, CT
Mary Holly Hawley (January 23, 1821)
Biographical Notes:
Charles Hawley was the son of Captain Cyrus and Mary [Curtiss] Hawley. He graduated from Yale with honors in 1813. In early 1815 or 1816, Hawley was admitted to the bar at Fairfield County and opened a law office in Stamford. At first Hawley was disappointed with his career prospects and briefly went to East Haddam. However, he soon returned to Stamford where he spent the rest of his life practicing law. In 1821 he married Mary Stiles Holly, the eldest aughter of David and Martha Holly. After Hawley left the Judiciary, he became the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1838 to 1842. Hawley was still arguing cases before the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1865. Hawley died in Stamford on January 23, 1866 and left a large estate to his six children.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Prepared for college with the Rev. Dr. David Ely and attended Yale College in 1813.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Fairfield County, CT in early 1815 or 1816
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied with the Hon. Asa Chapman of Newtown, CT.
Federal Committees:
Served as a Presidential Elector in 1828.
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1821-1829
State Senator (CT) 1830
Lt. Governor (CT) 1838-1842
Judge of Probate for the District of Stamford (CT) 1824-1838

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.
Roger S. Baldwin 4 July 1813 List; Litchfield Co. Bar Assoc. Ledger = Reg. TR/JG = 1813; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 12.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1814, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912. ; Loomis, Hon. Dwight and J. Gilbert Calhoun. The Judicial and Civil History of Connecticut. Boston: The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1895.; Hooker, John. Connecticut Reports, Vol. 32. Hartford, CT: Press of Case and Lockwood Company, 1866.

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