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Henry Middleton

March 16, 1797
March 15, 1876
Home Town:
Paris, France
Later Residences:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Charleston, SC
Washington, District of Columbia
Biographical Notes:
Henry Middleton was the son of Governor Henry Middleton. His father was born in London, England but raised in South Carolina, and became not only the governor of the state but a U.S. Congressman and later the U.S. Minister to Russia.

After graduating from West Point and attending the Law School, Middleton returned to Charleston, SC and passed the bar. He practiced law there and became the author of several political works. In 1844, he published The Government and the Currency, which argued against the right of the federal government to issue paper currency. Middleton published Four Essays in 1847 which advocated free trade. He was also the author of Economical Causes of Slavery in the United States and Obstacles to Abolition, which was published in 1857.
Additional Notes:
The Middleton family plantation Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina is a historic house museum. Law School graduate Henry Middleton did not inherit the home from his father - it went to his brother William - however he would have spent time in the home as a child.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Entered West Point Academy in December 1813 and studied there until his resignation on July 15, 1816. He then studied in Edinburgh, Scotland from 1820 to 1822.

Profession / Service
Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Charleston, SC in 1822

Related Objects and Documents
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.
Handwritten list by William Samuel Johnson, Catalogue of the Students at Law in the school at Litchfield Conn. at & after Aug. 15th 1817, Connecticut Historical Society, Johnson Family Papers, 1722-1863, Box - Johnson Papers.

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

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