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Thomas Ives

February 2, 1753
March 8, 1814
Home Town:
North Haven, CT
Later Residences:
Great Barrington, MA
Ruth Foster Ives (March 2, 1786)
Biographical Notes:
Thomas Ives was the son of Thomas and Ann Heaton Ives. In 1781, he became a major in the Berkshire Militia and performed his military service at Stillwate, New York. Ives was then briefly employed in 1782 by Oliver Phelps and Company, and furnished provisions for the army Superintendent at Burlington, NJ. Ives was the Collector of Inpost and Encise for Berkshire County, MA in 1783. He eventually settled in Great Barrington, MA as a lawyer. He purchased a house and large farm there.

As a firm supported of the Government during Shay's Rebellion, he saw service in a skirmish at Sheffield in February of 1787. He once again joined the ranks of the military from 1805 to 1809, attaining the rank of Major General in the Militia. Ives also served as both a State Representative and State Senator ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1777.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Business; Agriculture; Political Office; Military
Admitted To Bar:
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied in the law office of Hon. Theodore Sedgwick in Sheffield, MA.
Political Party:
State Posts:
State Representative (MA)
State Senator (MA) 1797
Local Posts:
Collector of Inpost and Encise (Berkshire County, MA) 1783
Justice of the County Court of Common Pleas 1809

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:
Taylor, Charles J. History of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Great Barrington, MA: Clark W. Bryan and Co., Publishers, 1882.

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