Thomas Kinnicutt

January 22, 1858
Home Town:
Warren, RI
Later Residences:
Worcester, MA
Harriet Burling Kinnicutt (1827)
Biographical Notes:
Thomas Kinnicutt was the son of Thomas and Amy (Wightman) Kinnicutt. After graduating from the Litchfield Law School, he moved to Worcester, MA in 1825 where he established a legal practice. For a while he maintained a partnership with Hon. Isaac Davis.

Kinnicutt became a leader at the bar and one of the foremost citizens of his day. He was a representative to the General Court in 1835-37 and 1841-43, and speaker of the House of Representatives. He later served as a state senator from Worcester county, 1838-39; selectman in 1836; and trustee of the State Lunatic Hospital. From 1848 to the time of his death in 1858, he was judge of probate of this county. He was president of the Central Bank, and vice president of the Worcester County Institution for Savings and a member of the old ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Brown University in 1822.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (MA) 1835-1837, 1842
State Senator (MA) 1839
State Committees:
Speaker of the State House of Representatives from 1841-1844.
Local Posts:
Judge of Probate (Worcester County, MA) 1848-1858

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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.
Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1823.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.

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