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Samuel Miles Hopkins

May 9, 1772
October 8, 1837
Later Residences:
Oxford, NY
New York, NY
Geneva, NY
Sarah Rogers Hopkins (October 5, 1800)
Biographical Notes:
Samuel Miles Hopkins was the son of Samuel and Mary (Miles) Hopkins. While he attended grammar school and read medicine in Hartford, CT, he lived with his uncle Dr. Lemeul Hopkins (Dr. Hopkins was known to be one of the Hartford Wits/Connecticut Wits, a literary group of satirical poets). Hopkins practiced law in Oxford, NY for one year and then moved to New York City, NY in 1794. On a business venture, Hopkins went abroad for two years before returning to New York City, NY to practice law. In 1800 he married the eldest daughter of Moses and Sarah (Woolsey) Rogers. They had four daughters and three sons. Hopkins was the founder and first secretary of the New England Society of New York City, NY. In 1810, he and his wife's brother bought extensive lands on the Genesee River and made an attempt ...

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Other Education:
Attended grammar school and read medicine in Hartford, CT, graduated from Yale College in 1791, and received an honorary degree in 1828.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Poughkeepsie, NY in 1793
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (NY) 1813-1815
State Posts:
State Representative (NY) 1820-1821
State Senator (NY) 1822
Reporter of the Court of Chancery (NY) 1823-1826
Judge of the Circuit Court (NY) 1832-1836
State Committees:
Appointed as a Commissioner to rearrange and oversee the peniatentiary system of New York State.

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.
Handwritten list on loose papers of LLS Students "prior to 1798," inside Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), LHS - Notes him as having atttended in 1791

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