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William Woolsey Mumford

November 13, 1795
January 9, 1848
Home Town:
Aurora, NY
Later Residences:
Rochester, NY
Angelina Jenkins Mumford (October 14, 1827)
Biographical Notes:
William Woolsey Mumford was the son of Col. Thomas and Mary Sheldon (Smith) Mumford. He was prepared for college at Utica. He graduated from Yale before attending the Litchfield Law School. In 1818 Mumford established a law office in Rochester, NY.

He became extensively interested in real estate, and either as owner or agent of his father, controlled a large amount of land adjoining the Genesee river, on the west side, and particularly in that portion of the city which was for many years known as Frankfort. To the improvement of this real estate and the, advancement of the growth of the city he devoted his time and means. About 1828 he erected on South St. Paul Street the first brick block for residences of any considerable size constructed in the city, and resided in one of these ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Morris Academy, 1813
Prepared for college by the Rev. Dr. Azel Backus and graduated from Yale College in 1814.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Real Estate
Admitted To Bar:

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.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1815, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society

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.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.
Mumford, James Gregory. Mumford Memoirs. Boston: D.B. Updike, 1900.

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