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Benjamin Heyward

November 1776
September 14, 1796
Home Town:
Beaufort District, SC
Biographical Notes:
Benjamin Hayward was the son of Colonel Daniel and Elizabeth Simons Heyward. His father was one of the wealthiest planters of colonial South Carolina, and Daniel's half-brother Thomas Heyward, Jr. was a signer of both the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence. Heyward never established a legal practice. He killed himself at New Haven Commencement Day on September 14, 1796.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended local schools in South Carolina and graduated from Yale College in 1794.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
Columbia, SC in 1821

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Heyward, James Barnwell. The Colonial History of the Heyward Family of South Carolina, 1670-1770. McQuiddy Print Co., 1907.

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