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Charles Pickney Kirkland

April 7, 1798
August 7, 1883
Home Town:
New Hartford, NY
Later Residences:
Utica, NY
New York, NY
Mary Kip Kirkland (unknown)
Cornelia Lothrop Kirkland (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Charles Pinckney Kirkland was the son of General Joseph and Sarah (Backus) Kirkland. He established a legal practice in Utica, NY. Kirkland's brother, William, moved to Michigan and formed the William Kirkland Company. He named Pinckney, the village he built around his establishment in 1837, after his brother Charles.

As an attorney, Kirkland authored several essays and pamphlets on current politics, including The Destiny of our Country in 1864 and Liability of the Government of Great Britain for the Depredations of Rebel Privateers On the Commerce of the United States, Considered in 1863. Kirkland died in New York City in 1883.

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

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
State Committees:
Member of the NY Constitutional Convention in 1846
Local Posts:
Mayor (Utica, NY)

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
Secondary Sources:
Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names. Michigan: Wayne State University Press, 1973.

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