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Robert Bridges Patton

September 25, 1794
May 6, 1839
Home Town:
Philadelphia, PA
Later Residences:
Princeton, NJ
New York, NY
Elisa Latimer Patton (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Robert Bridges Patton is the son of Colonel Robert Patton, who had emigrated to America as a young man and served under Lafayette in the Revolution, and his wife Cornelia (Bridges) Patton. He first worked as a tutor and then as a Professor of Greek and Latin at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. Patton then worked as a Professor at Princeton College in Princeton, NJ from 1825 - 1829. He spent the following four years as a Principal at the Edgehill School also in Princeton. His final academic position was a Professor of Greek at New York University from 1834 to 1838. He died in New York.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT from 1813 - 1814 and graduated from Yale College in 1817. He then received a Masters Degree from Middlebury College in 1820 and received a Ph.D. from Goetingen, Germany.

Profession / Service

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, 1849), 12.
Secondary Sources:
Wiley, Edgar J., Comp. Catalogue of Officers and Students of Middlebury College. Middlebury, VT: Published by the College, 1917.

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