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Oliver Leicester Phelps

September 22, 1775
May 11, 1813
Home Town:
Granville, MA
Later Residences:
Suffield, CT
Canandaigua, NY
Elizabeth Sherman Phelps (June 23, 1795)
Biographical Notes:
Oliver Leicester Phelps was the son of the Hon, Oliver and Mary (Seymour) Phelps. After he left the Litchfield Law School, Phelps became a merchant in Suffield, CT from 1797 to 1808. Then he and his wife moved to Canandaiugua, NY where he later died.

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Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1794.

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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.
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