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William Hazard Wigg Barnwell

July 28, 1806
February 17, 1863
Home Town:
Beaufort, SC
Later Residences:
Charleston, SC
Catherine Barnwell (November 26, 1829)
Biographical Notes:
William Hazard Wigg Barnwell was the son of Robert Barnwell and Elizabeth Wigg Barnwell. He was admitted to Harvard College at the age of 14, and graduated in 1824. During his time at Harvard, Barnwell was punished for various offenses, most often for irreverent behavior, sleeping, or disorderly conduct at public worship. He was also admonished for holding festive entertainments and ordered not to leave Cambridge without permission. After graduation, Barnwell attended the Litchfield Law School in 1826 and was admitted to the bar in 1827 at Charleston, South Carolina.

On November 26, 1829, Barnwell married Catherine Osborn Barnwell, a daughter of one of his first cousins. Despite his apparent earlier irreverence at religious meetings in his youth, Barnwell left the practice of law ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Harvard College in 1824.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Religious Calling
Admitted To Bar:
Charleston, SC in 1827

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.
Woodruff, George Catlin. "LLS Notes." Litchfield Historical Society.; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 21.

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