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William S. Holabird

May 22, 1855
Home Town:
Canaan, CT
Later Residences:
Colebrook, CT
Winsted, CT
Adeline Catlin Holabird (June 26, 1826)
Biographical Notes:
William S. Holabird was the son of William and Dorcas [Bird] Holabird. He practiced in Colebrook, CT for several years before moving to Winsted, CT in 1824, where he established a large and successful practice. In 1828 he married Adaline Catlin, the daughter of Abijah Catlin of Harwinton. He served as the district attorney from 1834-1841. He left the law briefly for politics and was elected the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut. He also worked as a Postmaster and as assignee in bankruptcy. He retired in 1850 and died five years later.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied the law with Hon. W.M. Burrall before entering the Litchfield Law School.
Federal Posts:
U.S. Attorney for the District of CT (CT) 1834-1841
State Posts:
Lt. Governor (CT) 1842, 1844

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), 13.
Secondary Sources:
Kilbourne, Dwight C. The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut 1709-1909. Litchfield, CT: Published by the Author, 1909.

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