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Charles William Kelso

May 17, 1809
November 26, 1874
Home Town:
Harrisburg, PA
Later Residences:
Mifflintown, PA
Erie County, PA
Biographical Notes:
Charles William Kelso was the son of Dr. Joseph and Elizabeth Kelso of Harrisburg, PA. Kelso began working as a lawyer in Mifflin County, and upon the formation of Juanita County moved to Mifflintown. During this time, Kelso also edited and printed a Democratic Newspaper with Samuel McDowel. Kelso then moved to Erie County in 1839 and practised law there for the next thirty-five years. He died in Erie, PA.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Jefferson College in 1827.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Editor; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Admitted to the Bar in four separate counties in Pennsylvania between 1831 - 1839
State Posts:
State Representative (PA)
District Attorney (PA) 1856-1857
Local Posts:
Counsel to the County Board of Commissioners (PA) 1857-1861

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848.
Secondary Sources:
Biograpahical and Historical Catalogue of Washington and Jefferson College. Philadelphia: George H. Buchanan and Company, 1902.

Walling, Emory A. Memoirs of the Erie Co., Pa. Juniata & Susquehanna Valleys in Pa., vol. I, 1886.

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