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Abiathar Hopkins

July 14, 1781
September 27, 1821
Home Town:
Hardwick, MA
Later Residences:
Portland, ME
Petersham, MA
Biographical Notes:
Abiathar Hopkins was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Hastings) Hopkins. He taught at a school for young women in Portland, Maine for the year following his attendance at the Litchfield Law School and then worked for some years as a lawyer. Hopkins never married and died in Petersham, MA.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Dartmouth College in 1806.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Educator
Training with Other Lawyers:
Prior to studying at the Litchfield Law School he read the law with the Hon. Samuel Clesson Allen. After styding at Litchfield he studied with the Hon. John Heard of Boston, MA.

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, 1808, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

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