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Phineas Miner

November 27, 1777
Home Town:
Winchester, CT
Later Residences:
Winchester, CT
Zerviah Butler Miner (May 1801)
Tertius Wadsworth Miner (after 1811)
Eliza Parsons Wadsworth (1813)
Biographical Notes:
Phineas Miner was the son of John and Hannah (Strong) Miner. He was born in Winchester, Connecticut where he completed preparatory studies. Later, he studied at the Litchfield Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1797. He commenced his practice in Winchester.

Miner was elected justice of the peace in 1809. He was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1809, 1811, 1813, 1814, and 1816. He moved to Litchfield, Connecticut in 1816 where he was again a member of the House of Representatives in 1823, 1827, and 1829. He also served in the Connecticut Senate in 1830 and 1831.

Miner was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jabez W. Huntington and served from December 1, 1834, to March 3, ...
Additional Notes:
Phineas Miner's law office still stands on South Street in Litchfield.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
He had a common school education.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (CT) 1834-1835
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1809, 1811, 1813-1814, 1816, 1823, 1826, 1827, 1829, 1835
State Senator (CT) 1830-1831
Local Posts:
Judge of Probate (Litchfield County, CT) 1838

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.
Moothall Society Record Books, Litchfield Law School Collection Series 1: Period Documents: Subseries 3: Other Papers lists Minor as a member, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society.

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