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James Hooker

July 12, 1792
September 3, 1858
Home Town:
Windsor, CT
Later Residences:
Poughkeepsie, NY
Helen Read Hooker (January 24, 1816)
Biographical Notes:
James Hooker was the son of Captain James Hooker. He established a successful law practice in Poughkeepsie, NY. Hooker died at the age of seventy-six. He had two suviving daughters.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1810.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office; Military; Business
Admitted To Bar:
Poughkeepsie, NY in 1813
State Posts:
Commissioner for the New York Canal (NY) 1842
State Committees:
Served as a Presidential Elector for NY in 1836.
Local Posts:
Surrogate (Dutchess County, NY) 1828-1840

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.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1810, William Key Bond List 1811-1812; Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Tiffany, Case and Company, 1849), 8.
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. ; Chafee, William Henry. The Chafee Genealogy. New York: The Grafton Press, 1909.; Hooker, Edward. The Descendants of Rev. Thomas Hooker. Rochester, NY: Margaret Huntington Hooker, 1909.

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