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Elias Warner Leavenworth

December 20, 1803
November 25, 1887
Home Town:
Canaan, NY
Later Residences:
Great Barrington, MA
Syracuse, NY
Elizabeth Forman Leavenworth (1833)
Harriet Hall Leavenworth (1884)
Biographical Notes:
Elias Warner Leavenworth was the son of David and Lucinda (Mather) Leavenworth. His mother was a descendant of Cotton Mather and his father worked first as a physician and later as a bookstore owner.

After attending the Law School, Leavenworth moved to Syracuse, New York and established a law firm in partnership with B. David Nolon in 1827 which lasted until 1850, and was reported to be one of the most prominent firms in the state.

In 1839, he was named supervisor of the old town of Salina, the first election at which the Democrats had been beaten for 15 years. He was president of Syracuse village from 1839 to 1841 and in 1846 and 1847, and was mayor of the town in 1849, 1850, 1859, and 1860. Leavenworth was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1850 and 1857, and ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Hudson Academy in 1820. He then entered Williams College as a sophomore where he attended in 1821. In 1822 he entered Yale College and graduated in 1824.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Military; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Syracuse, NY in 1827
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied with William Cullen Bryant of Great Barrington, MA.
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (NY) 1875-1877
State Posts:
State Representative (NY) 1850, 1857
Secretary of State (NY) 1854-1855
Local Posts:
Mayor (Syracuse, NY) 1849-1850, 1859-1860

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.
George C. Woodruff List.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848.
Secondary Sources:
Yale College Biographical Sketches of the Class of 1824. Norwalk, CT: A.B. Byington, 1855.

Ellis, Franklin. History of Columbia County, New York. J.B. Lippincott, 1878.

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