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Allen Latham

July 1, 1792
March 28, 1871
Home Town:
Lyme, NH
Later Residences:
South Bridgwater, MA
Bridgewater, MA
Chillicothe, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Maria Anderson Latham (March 16, 1822)
Biographical Notes:
Allen Latham was born July 1, 1792, in Lyme, Grafton County, New Hampshire, the son of Arthur Latham and Mary Post Latham. He attended school at South Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1813. Latham studied law with Judge Nahum Mitchell of Bridgewater and at the law school in Litchfield, Connecticut, before moving west to Ohio.

Latham was admitted to the bar in New Philadelphia, Ohio, before moving to Chillicothe, which had been Ohio's political center and capital from 1803 until 1810. In Chillicothe, Latham opened a very successful law office and general land agency. About 1820, he formed a partnership with his Dartmouth classmate, Benjamin G. Leonard, and the two men advertised their services in "prosecuting all claims and titles to land in the ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended school in South Bridgewater, MA and was later prepared for college by the Rev. Eden Burroughs of East Hannover, NH. He then graduated from Dartmouth College in 1813.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Land Surveyor; Political Office
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied with Nahum Mitchell of East Bridgewater, MA.
State Posts:
Surveyor General of the Virginia Military District (VA)
State Senator (OH) 1841-1843

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Chapman, George T. Sketches of the Alumni Dartmouth College. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1867.

Leonard-Latham-Anderson Collection. Marietta College Library, Marietta, OH.

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