William Hamilton MacFarland
Nancy Beirne (April 16, 1835)
William MacFarland was both a lawyer and financier during his lifetime. His earliest work outside of his profession was for the Philanthropic Society at the College of Hampden Sydney (his name appears in their 1813 minutes).
MacFarland became a secretary in 1834 for The American Colonization Society, which sought to create colonies in Africa for freed ...
'His long residence in our midst, his ... varied talents, his refinement and tact, the urbanity of his manners, the prominent posts which the confidence of the people assigned him as statesman, jurist and man of pure and lofty character, placed him on an eminence which few have reached, and made him for years the representative man of our city'
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.
Bell, Landon C.: The Old Free State. A Contribution to the History of Lunenburg County and Southside Virginia. Vol. II, pp. 310-311. Richmond: William Byrd Press, Inc., 1927.
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