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John Frink Adams

November 3, 1799
May 10, 1883
Home Town:
Leicester, MA
Later Residences:
Watertown, NY
Lyme, NH
Cumberland County, VA
Mobile, AL
Washington, District of Columbia
Baltimore, MD
Elizabeth Walker Adams (July 2, 1835)
Biographical Notes:
John Frink Adams was the son of Ebenezer and Alice Frink Adams. After attending Dartmouth College in 1817, John worked as an educator for several years. He taught for a year at Leicester Academy followed by three years in Cumberland County, Virginia. Adams then attended the Litchfield Law School in 1823. In that same year, he was admitted to the bar in New York and practiced law in Watertown, NY until 1825. In 1826 he moved to Lyme, New Hampshire where he spent a year, then relocated to Mobile, Alabama where he practiced law for the next twenty-six years.

While living in Mobile, Adams married Elizabeth Lovell Walker of Leominster, Massachusetts, whose father, Lovell Walker, was a fellow alumnus of Dartmouth College. In 1853, John moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked as a clerk ...
"Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Adams return thanks to Misses Lewis for their politeness & will do themselves the pleasure to see them at tea this evening." January 14, 1823

Mary Ann Lewis Collection, Folder #5, ca. 1818-1823

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Dartmouth College in 1817.

Profession / Service
Educator; Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
New York in 1823
Federal Posts:
Clerk of the U.S. Pension Office 1853
Clerk of the U.S. Land Office

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), 18.

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