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Henry Oliver

April 3, 1796
Home Town:
Baltimore, MD
Later Residences:
Yucatan, Mexico
Biographical Notes:
Henry Oliver was the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Craig) Oliver. Robert Oliver was a prominent merchant in Baltimore, MD who emigrated from Ireland in 1757. Henry enrolled at Yale but never graduated, and in 1821 attended the Litchfield Law School. He traveled often after his school days. In Egypt he toured the Nile and climbed the great pyramid. Henry also went to Palestine, Smyrna, Constantinople, Odessa, and St. Petersburg. Something was reportedly "wrong" with Henry, and his father's will of January 30, 1834 appointed his brothers and brothers-in-law with instructions to "provide for the comfortable support" of him, but not to give him more than $3,000 a year. In fact, Oliver had already died in the Yucatan in 1833, but his family was unaware of his death.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended St. Mary's Seminary from 1804 - 1810.

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 Eagle, October 7, 1822

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 18.

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