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Thomas Shaw Perkins

August 10, 1793
October 14, 1844
Home Town:
New London, CT
Later Residences:
Waterford, CT
New London, CT
Mary Ann Griswold Perkins (February 23, 1820)
Caroline Leonard Perkins (January 4, 1818)
Biographical Notes:
Thomas Perkins was the son of Elias Perkins, the First President of the New London Bank, and Lucretia (Shaw) Perkins.

After his marriage, Perkins and his first wife sailed for Europe but his wife died on the passage from New York City to France on May 15, 1818. After his second marriage in 1820, Perkins worked as a lawyer and eventually settled in Waterford, CT for some time before moving to New London, CT. Perkins died on a sea voyage at the age of fifty-two.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1812.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Local Posts:
Commissioner of Common Schools (New London, CT)

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1812, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 10.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

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