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David Bryan Ingersoll

August 16, 1771
Home Town:
Milford, CT
Later Residences:
Milford, CT
Martha Mallery Ingersoll (May 14, 1799)
Biographical Notes:
David Bryan Ingersoll's father (David Ingersoll) died of smallpox when he was only three years old. His mother Clement Treat was then left with two young sons to raise.

Ingersoll graduated from Yale College before attending the Litchfield Law School. He was admitted to the bar and became a lawyer in Milford, CT. Ingersoll was involved in Georgia land speculation and invested largely in Georgia lands. As a result of his speculation, Ingersoll suffered disastrous financial losses and accumulated large debts.

For may years he reportedly suffered from a drinking problem, until his religious reformation in 1820. That same year he reopened his law office and resumed his law practice. He had"moderate" success and regained a respectable standing in his profession.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Yale College in 1792.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Other

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 5. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1911.

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