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August 1, 1857
Samuel Hitchcock was the son of Judge Samuel and Lucy Caroline [Allen] Hitchcock. His father died when he was only five years old and his eldest brother the Hon. Henry Hitchcock resumed all financial support for the family. Hitchcock entered West Point on July 1, 1822 and was breveted as a second lieutenant on July 1, 1827. However, he resigned from the army only six years later at the request of his mother. He never took up the practice of law and died at see on his return home from Europe in 1857.
Years at LLS:
Entered West Point Academy on July 1, 1822.
Military; Lawyer; Political Office
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied law with his brother Hon. Henry Hitchcock.
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 23.
Hemenway, Abby Maria. Vermont Historical Gazetteer. Burlington: VT: Published by the author, 1867.
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