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William Curtiss Leavenworth

March 23, 1799
Home Town:
Woodbury, CT
Later Residences:
Reading, PA
Mary Spayde Leavenworth (August 17, 1824)
Susan Deysher Leavenworth (November 24, 1826)
Biographical Notes:
William Leavenworth was the son of Captain John Peck and Mary (Judson) Leavenworth. His first wife died less than a year after their marriage. Leavenworth married a second time and the couple had one daughter named Mary. In 1844, he moved to California during the "gold fever rush." However, he returned to Pennsylvania in 1869. He lived with his only child Mary until his death.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
Reading, PA in 1822
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied law in Woodbury, CT with Frederick Smith.

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 7, 1822.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Leavenworth, Elias Warner. Genealogy of the Leavenworth Family in the United States. Syracuse, NY: S.G. Hitchock and Company, 1873.

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