Sarah Gracie King

Other Name:
Sarah Rogers Gracie; Sally Rogers Gracie
December 14, 1791
November 3, 1878
Home Town:
New York, NY
James Gore King (February 4, 1813)
Biographical Notes:
Sarah Gracie King, daughter of Archibald and Esther Rogers Gracie of New York City, was born December 14, 1791. Prior to 1810 it is believed that Sarah's father, a businessman who also worked in insurance, sent Sarah to Litchfield, Connecticut to study at Miss Pierce's Female Academy.

On February 4, 1813 Sarah married the son of Senator Rufus King, James Gore King, also of New York City, who was a businessman and later a US congressman. Like Sarah, James had undertaken studies in Litchfield when he attended the Law School in 1810 after graduating from Harvard. The couple had 11 children.

Sarah's sister Elizabeth married Charles King, the president of Columbia College and her great granddaughter Ellin MacKay married composer Irving Berlin.

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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.]

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