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William Virgil Peck

April 16, 1804
December 30, 1877
Home Town:
Cayuga, NY
Later Residences:
Cincinnati, OH
Portsmouth, OH
Mary Ann Cook Peck (July 8, 1830)
Biographical Notes:
William Peck was the son of Virgil and Mary (Wallace) Peck. His father died only shortly after he was born and his mother married Dr. Abel Catlin of Litchfield, CT in 1808. Peck went to Cincinnati and briefly worked in the law office of Judge Bellamy Storr. In 1827, he opened an office of his own in Portsmouth, OH. Peck retired from politics and law in 1863. His house is still standing and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Political Party:
State Posts:
Presiding Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the 17th Circuit (OH) 1847
Judge of the 7th Judicial District (OH) 1852-1856
Justice of the Supreme Court (OH) 1859

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.
George C. Woodruff List

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 20.
Secondary Sources:
Marshall, Carrington Tanner. A History of the Courts and Lawyers of Ohio, Vol. 1. American Historical Society, 1934.

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