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Augustus Pettibone

February 19, 1766
October 4, 1847
Home Town:
Norfolk, CT
Later Residences:
Norfolk, CT
Susan Curtis Pettibone (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Augustus Pettibone was the son of Colonel Giles and Margaret (Holcomb) Pettibone. His father was one of the earliest and most prominent settlers of Norfolk, CT. In 1784 Pettibone entered Yale where he studied for two years. Following his time at Yale he read law with Dudley Humphrey in Norwalk, CT. In 1788 he attended Tapping Reeve's law school in Litchfield before returning to Norwalk where he began his own law practice. In 1816, he entered politics, serving at times as a judge in Litchfield County and also as a State Representative and State Senator. In his adult life he married Susan Curtis, but the exact date of their marriage is unknown. Their daughter Harriet, like her father, attended school in Litchfield when she was a pupil at Sarah Pierce's Litchfield Female Academy in 1802. After a life fill with legal and political work Augustus Pettibone passed away on October 4, 1847.
Additional Notes:
In 1805 Augustus Pettibone served on the Committee of Examination for the Litchfield County Court admissions to the bar.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Enter Yale College in 1784 and studied for two years.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Litchfield County, CT in 1790
Training with Other Lawyers:
He read the law with Dudley Humphrey in Norwalk, CT from September 1787 to April 1788.
State Posts:
State Representative (CT)
State Senator (CT) 1830-1831
Local Posts:
Associate Judge of the County Court (Litchfield County, CT) 1816-1831

Related Objects and Documents
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 on loose papers of LLS Students "prior to 1798," inside Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), LHS - Notes him as having atttended in 1782
Secondary Sources:
Crissey, Theron Wilmot and Joseph Eldridge. 1744 - 1900, History of Norfolk, Litchfield County, Connecticut. Higginson Book Co., 1992.

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