While working at the bank, Kilbourn attended the Litchfield Law School. Nevertheless, Kilbourn never ventured into legal practice. He returned to Hartford in 1826 and left the banking business. Kilbourn worked as a hardware merchant for more that twenty years. He also studied agriculture and was the secretary of the Hartford Agricultural Society for ten years.
In 1844, he published a Treatise on Agriculture. When his father died in 1851, Kilbourne took over the family home in Glastonbury, ...
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, 1849.
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