Charles Greely Loring

May 2, 1794
October 8, 1867
Home Town:
Boston, MA
Later Residences:
Beverly, MA
Mary Ann Putnam Loring (June 4, 1840)
Cornelia Goddard Loring (July 15, 1850)
Anna Brace Loring (March 30, 1818)
Biographical Notes:
Charles Greely Loring was the son of Caleb and Anne (Greely) Loring. After his admission to the bar, he worked for a time in the office of Justice Charles Jackson in Boston. He soon opened his own office and from 1816 to 1819 had a partnership with Franklin Dexter.

His first wife, Anna Pierce Brace, was the daughter of James and Susan (Pierce) Brace. Anna died on December 24, 1836 in Boston. His second wife, Mary Ann Putnam, died on July 11, 1845 in Boston just five years after their marriage. Loring's third wife, Cornelia survived him and died on May 13, 1875 in Florence, Italy.

Loring was known as an eminent scholar and philanthropist during his lifetime. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and served as an Actuary of Massachusetts Hospital Life ...
Additional Notes:
Before marrying Anna Pierce Brace, ca. 1815, Loring received a letter from Mary Pierce about Anna's fear for her heartbroken friend, James Johnston, a Litchfield Law School student. Johnston had been rebuffed by Litchfield Female Academy student Euphemia Blanch "after having given him by the pleasure with which she received his attentions before his declaration great encouragement to be accepted."

The rejection devastated Johnston who, according to Mary Pierce, was "a foolish unprincipled youth" who "threatened to kill himself."

Johnston's classmates sat up with him all night to prevent his suicide and he left Litchfield the next morning. He then wrote his Litchfield friends, including Anna, "frenzied letters." He asked Anna to show the letter to Euphemia, "thinking that ...

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Other Education:
He studied at Boston Latin School where he was a medal scholar. He graduated fourth in his class from Harvard College in 1812 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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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.
Baldwin, Roger Sherman. Notes on law taken from the lectures of the Honble. Tapping Reeve and James Gould, esquire … at the Litchfield Law School, 1812-1813. Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.

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