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Lyman Law

August 19, 1770
February 3, 1842
Home Town:
New London, CT
Later Residences:
New London, CT
Elizabeth Learned Law (October 12, 1794)
Biographical Notes:
Lyman Law was the son of the Hon. Richard and Ann (Prentis/Prentice) Law. His father was a U.S. Congressman as well as a Superior Court Judge. The city hall in New London, CT stands on the site of their family home.

Law was a member of the Connecticut State House of Representatives in 1801, 1802, 1806, 1809, 1810, 1819, and 1826, and served as speaker in 1806, 1809, and 1810. He was elected as a Federalist to the Twelfth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Congresses (March 4, 1811 - March 3, 1817). He died in New London on February 3, 1842 and was originally buried in the “Second Burial Ground” and was reburied in Cedar Grove Cemetery in 1851.

Law and his wife had four sons and four daughters. His son, John Law, served as United States Representative from Indiana.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1791.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (CT) 1811-1817
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1801-1802, 1806, 1809-1810, 1819, 1826
State Committees:
Speaker of the State House of Representatives in 1806 and from 1809-1810.

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.]
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 4. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1907.

Learned, William Law. The Learned Family. Albany: Weed-Parsons Printing Company, Printers, 1898.

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