No image available

Edward King

March 13, 1795
February 6, 1836
Home Town:
New York, NY
Later Residences:
Cincinnati, OH
Sarah Worthington King (unknown)
Sarah Worthington King Peter (1816)
Biographical Notes:
Edward King was born at Albany, New York, the fourth son of the Honorable Rufus King, who was then a Senator. Rufus King became Ambassador to Great Britain in 1796, and Edward spent his early youth in London. He returned to the United States and graduated from Columbia University prior to attending the Litchfield Law School. After completing his studies, he emigrated to Chillicothe, Ohio in 1815, and was admitted to the bar in 1816.

In 1816, King married Sarah Worthington, second daughter of Governor Thomas Worthington. He acquired a good practice, and personal popularity. He also held several elected offices while living in Chillicothe. He was Prosecuting Attorney of Ross County in 1819. In 1823-1824, he represented his county in the Ohio House of Representatives in the 22nd General ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Columbia College in 1813, but did not graduate.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Educator; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Ohio in 1816
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied law with Governor Worthington.
State Posts:
State Representative (OH) 1823-1831
State Committees:
Speaker of the State House of Representatives from 1827-1829.

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.
Baldwin, Roger Sherman. Notes on law taken from the lectures of the Honble. Tapping Reeve and James Gould, esquire … at the Litchfield Law School, 1812-1813. Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.

Brace, John Pierce. "Journal" 12 April 1815, VII, p. 116.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
King, Charles R. The Life and Correspondence of Rufus King. NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1898.

Contact Us

Do you have more information for the Ledger?

If you have family papers, objects, or any other details you would like to share, or if you would like to obtain a copy of an image for publication, please contact us at