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Joseph C. Kerr

August 16, 1797
June 25, 1823
Home Town:
Salisbury, NC
Later Residences:
Augusta, GA
Newberry, SC
Biographical Notes:
Joseph C. Kerr was the son of Joseph Kerr. After studying law at the Litchfield Law School, Kerr moved to Augusta, GA where he practiced law for several years. After contracting consumption, he died in Newberry, SC. He had been on his way to his father's home in North Carolina.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1816.

Profession / Service

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.
Houghton, Josiah. "LLS Law Notebook 1817-1818." Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 1, Litchfield Historical Society. Available online at

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Biographical Sketches of the Members of the Class of 1816,Yale College. New Haven, CT: J. Stafford, 1867.

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