James Pierce

December 3, 1779
May 10, 1846
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Biographical Notes:
James Pierce was the son of John and Mary Goodman Pierce. He was the half-brother of Miss Sarah Pierce, head of the Litchfield Female Academy.
"School consisting of 15 only -- now there are so few I hope the native ladies of Litchfield may stand some chance for a part at least of the attention of Mr. Reeve's students."
Said by James Pierce regarding the romantic competition between local Litchfield women and Litchfield Female Academy students for Litchfield Law School's male students, 1800.
Emily Noyes Vanderpoel, Chronicles of a Pioneer School from 1792 to 1833: Being the History of Miss Sarah Pierce and her Litchfield School (1903) p.378.

"Does Polly [Mary] Pierce attract the attention of any buck in particular yet? Or is she still obliged to rely on other folks' sweethearts for the amusement of her evenings? Has she nothing to do but look on from 6 o'clock till 10 to see other folks court?"
Said ...

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
Litchfield, CT in 1799

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.
The Students, Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, From 1798 to 1827 Inclusive (Litchfield, CT: S.S. Smith, 1822), 7.

Kilbourne, Dwight. The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut, 1709-1909 : Biographical Sketches of Members, History and Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Historical Notes, (Litchfield, Connecticut, 1909).

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