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Thomas Bleasdale Overton

May 21, 1791
Home Town:
Manchester, England
Later Residences:
Wilkesbarre, PA
Mobile, AL
Anna Hodkinson Overton (1813)
Biographical Notes:
Thomas Bleasdale Overton was the son of Thomas Overton. The family later emigrated to the United States. Overton moved to Pennsylvania after graduating from the Litchfield Law School. He worked as a lawyer in Wilkes-Barre, PA. His wife was born in Honduras and came to the United States at the age of eight to be educated, but never returned home. Overton moved his family to Mobile, AL in 1819 and died there soon afterwords at the age of twenty-eight.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
Luzerne County, PA in 1813, Bradford County, PA in 1814, and Tioga County, PA in 1814

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.
Roger S. Baldwin 4 July 1813 List

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 11.

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