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Elijah Paine, Jr.

April 10, 1796
October 6, 1853
Home Town:
Williamstown, VT
Later Residences:
Francis Tileston Paine (November 25, 1834)
Biographical Notes:
Elijah Paine, Jr. was the son of Elijah and Sarah (Porter) Paine. After he left Litchfield, Paine became an officer of the Militia and eventually attained the rank of Captain. However, an injury to his ankle forced him to end his military career.

Soon after his admission to the bar, he became associated with Henry Wheaton and helped him to prepare the United States Supreme Court Reports between 1816 and 1827. In 1830, he along with John Duer, published Paine and Duer's Practice in Civil Actions and Proceedings at Law in the State of New York.

Paine married in New York City. He and his wife had two sons. While he was on the bench, he was involved in the famous "Lemmon Case"' which involved the title to eight slaves. Paine ruled that the laws of New York liberated slaves ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Harvard College in 1814.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied one year with Daniel Cady in Johnstown, NY and with H.D. and R. Sedgwick in New York, NY.
State Posts:
Judge of the Superior Court (NY) 1850-1853

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.
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:
Paine, Albert W., Paine Genealogy, Ipswich Branch. Bangor, ME: O.F. Knowles & Company, 1881.

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