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Henry Ledyard

March 3, 1812
Home Town:
New York, NY
Later Residences:
Paris, France
London, England
Detroit, MI
Newport, RI
Matilda Cass Ledyard (September 19, 1839)
Biographical Notes:
Henry Ledyard was born in New York City March 5, 1812, the son of prominent New York lawyer Benjamin Ledyard and Susan French Livingston (the daughter of Revolutionary War Colonel and US Supreme Court justice Henry Brockholst Livingston and granddaughter of New Jersey governor William Livingston). Henry Ledyard graduated from Columbia College in 1830, and began practicing law in New York. When Lewis Cass was appointed Minister to France, Ledyard accompaned him to Paris, eventually becoming chargé d’affaires of the embassy.

In 1839, Ledyard married Cass's daughter Matilda Frances. The couple had five children.

Ledyard returned to the United States in 1844 and moved to Detroit, where he was active in the city and managed Cass's property holdings. He was one of the founders ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Columbia College in 1830.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Federal Posts:
Secretary of Legation in Paris, France (France) 1839
U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Paris, France (France) 1842-1844
State Posts:
State Senator (MI) 1857-1858
Assistant Secretary of State (MI)
Local Posts:
Mayor (Detroit, MI) 1855

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, 1848.

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