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John Milton Holley, Jr.

November 10, 1802
March 8, 1848
Home Town:
Salisbury, CT
Later Residences:
Mary Kirland Holley (May 30, 1821)
Biographical Notes:
John Milton Holley Jr. was the eldest son of John Milton and Sarah (Sally) Porter Holley, born in 1802. Holley attended Yale and graduated in 1822 before attending the Litchfield Law School. He later practiced law in Wayne County, New York and represented the district in the state's General Assembly. In 1847, he was elected to the Congress but died while in 1848 while serving in office.

He had two brothers, Alexander H. Holley and George W. Holley.

Holley married the daughter of General Joseph Kirkland of Utica, NY. Two of his daughters, Caroline and Maria, both attended the Litchfield Female Academy.
"The advantage lies decidedly in favor of engaging in business." -- John M. Holley, Jr. to his brother, Alexander Holley. April 14, 1824.

"Money getting in this country, is the great business of life -- wealth to everything, it stands in the place of talent, knowledge and a good heart ... The moral is, pursue your business with diligence, honesty and contentment." -- John M. Holley, Jr. to his brother Alexander Holley. February 12, 1825.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Yale College in 1822.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
New York in 1825
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (NY) 1847-1848
State Posts:
State Representative (NY) 1838-1841
District Attorney for Wayne County (NY) 1842-1845

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), 19.
Secondary Sources:
Williams, H. Clay. Biographical Encyclopaedia of Connecticut and Rhode Island... New York: Metropolitan Publishing and Engraving Co., 1881.

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