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George James Pumpelly

December 11, 1809
May 9, 1873
Home Town:
Oswego, NY
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Oswego, NY
Susan Pumpelly (April 24, 1832)
Biographical Notes:
George James Pumpelly was the son of James and Jane (Pixley) Pumpelly. He first studied law at the Litchfield Law School and then entered the office of Judge William Kent in New York City, NY. After being admitted to the bar, Pumpelly then entered his father's land office where he became a stock breeder.

He was an organizer of the Erie Railroad and Vice-President of the New York State Agricultural Society. He married April 24, 1832, his cousin, Susan Isabella Pumpelly, the daughter of the Honorable Charles Pumpelly, member of the Constitutional Convention 1821 and of the Assembly 1825. The couple had four sons and one daughter. Pumpelly died in the same house where he was born.

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He studied with Judge William Kent in New York, NY after completing his studies at the Litchfield Law School.

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 22.

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