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Thomas R. Minturn

1871 or 1876
Biographical Notes:
Thomas R. Minturn was the son of Jonas and Esther (Robinson) Minturn. Minturn appears to have been a trouble maker while attending Columbia College. In the spring of 1826, the faculty moved to quell rowdyness among the seniors by calling for the expulsion of the class ringleader, Thomas R. Minturn. His 24 classmates responded by entering into “a bond of association” to seek “admission in a body” at either Rutgers or Union. Confronted with the loss of an entire class, the Trustees overruled the faculty and restored Minturn to his class, with which he graduated some weeks later.

His career after the Law School is currently not clear. It appears he may have practiced law in New York City for some time. The only other information known about Minturn is that he is buried in Newport, RI.

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Graduated from Columbia College in 1826.

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848.

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