Jabez Williams Huntington

November 8, 1788
November 1, 1847
Home Town:
Norwich, CT
Later Residences:
Litchfield, CT
Norwich, CT
Sally Ann Huntington (May 22, 1833)
Biographical Notes:
Jabez Huntington was the son of General Zachariah Huntington and Hannah Mumford. He was born on November 8, 1788 in Norwich, CT. Huntington received his early education in Norwich and later entered Yale in 1802. He graduated from Yale in September of 1806 and taught at the Morris Academy for about one year afterwards. Huntington then studied at the Litchfield Law School in 1808 and remained there until he was admitted to the bar in Litchfield County in 1810.

Unlike many students who often returned to their hometown to practice, Huntington settled in Litchfield and practiced law. From 1828 to 1829 he acted as a State Representative from Litchfield. From 1832 to 1833, he provided Judge Gould with some assistance in the running of the law school in its last year. During this time, Huntington ...
Additional Notes:
In 1816 and 1818 J.W. Huntington served on the Committee of Examination for the Litchfield County Court admissions to the bar.

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

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office; Educator
Admitted To Bar:
Litchfield County, CT in 1810
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (CT) 1829-1834
U.S. Senator (CT) 1839-1848
Federal Committees:
Chairman of the Committee on Commerce from 1841-1844.
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1829
Associate Judge of the Superior Court and Supreme Court of Errors (CT) 1834

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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, 1809, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849.
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.

Boardman, David Sherman. Sketches of the Early Lights of the Litchfield Bar. J. Humphrey, Jr., 1860.

Kilbourne, Payne Kenyon. A Biographical History of the County of Litchfield, Connecticut. New York: Clark, Austin & Co., 1851.

Loomis, Hon. Dwight and J. Gilbert Calhoun. The Judicial and Civil History of Connecticut. Boston: The Boston History Company Publishers, 1895.

Walworth, LL. D., Reuben H., Hyde Genealogy, Vol II. Albany: J. Munsell, 1864.
"Obituary," Litchfield Republican, 2, November 11, 1847.

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