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Edward Greely Loring

January 28, 1802
June 19, 1890
Home Town:
Boston, MA
Later Residences:
Washington, District of Columbia
Harriet Booth Loring (1829)
Biographical Notes:
Edward Greely Loring was the son of Edward and Francis (Greely) Loring. He practiced law for several years in Boston and was a partner of the noted educator and fellow Law School graduate Horace Mann.

During his time on the Probate Court in Boston, Loring served as the judge in the famous Anthony Burns case. Burns was a fugitive slave who had escaped to freedom in Massachusetts. He was arrested on May 24, 1854 after he was found by his owner in Boston. According to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, Burns had to be returned to his master Colonel Charles F. Suttle of Alexandria, VA. Boston citizens attempted to raise funds to purchase Burns' freedom and his case was brought before Loring. Despite the intense anti-slavery feeling in Massachusetts, Loring ruled that Burns would be returned ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Harvard College in 1821.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Federal Posts:
Commissioner 1841
State Posts:
State Representative (MA) 1836-1838
Local Posts:
Judge of Probate (Suffolk County, MA) 1847-1854
Judge of the Court of Claims (Washington) 1858-1877
Presiding Judge of the Court of Claims (Washington) 1858-1863

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.

Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1823.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Dimond, Alan J. The Superior Court of Masachusetts, Its Origin and Development. Little, Brown & Co., 1960.

Bennett, Marion T. The United States Court of Claims: A History, Part I. Washington, DC: The Committee of the Bicentennial of Independence and the Constitution of the Judicial Conference of the United States, 1976.

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