Augustus Baldwin Longstreet

September 22, 1790
July 9, 1870
Home Town:
Augusta, GA
Later Residences:
Edgefield District, SC
Wilmington, SC
Oxford, MS
Frances Parke Longstreet (March 3, 1817)
Biographical Notes:
Augustus Longstreet was the son of William and Hannah Randolph Longstreet. His father was an inventor who, in 1806, ran a steamboat on the Savannah River and, in 1788, the state of Georgia hagave him the exclusive rights to the steam engine. Augustus was born in Augusta, GA, and was said to have weighed seventeen pounds at birth. Longstreet was sent to school in Augusta but was a poor pupil and did not enjoy school. After beginning his young education in Augusta, his father moved the family to the Edgefield District in South Carolina. After a few years however, Augustus was sent back to Augusta for more primary schooling. His roommate at the time, George McDuffie, was reportedly an intense student who was able to get Longstreet interested in learning.

In 1808, he was sent to the Waddell ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Entered Yale College in 1811 and graduated in 1813.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Business; Editor; Religious Calling; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Georgia in 1815
State Posts:
State Representative (GA) 1821
State Committees:
Member of the Judicial Reform Committeee of the General Assembly
Local Posts:
Judge of the Superior Court (Ocmulgee, GA) 1822

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 12.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

Wade, John Donald. Augustus Baldwin Longstreet. The Macmillian Company, 1924.

Mayes, Edward. Genealogy of the Family of Longstreet. 1893.

Fitzgerald, O.P. Judge Longstreet: A Life Sketch. Nashville, TN: Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1891.

Longstreet, Augustus Baldwin. Georgia Scenes, Characters, Incidents, &c. New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1870.

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