Robert G. Rankin
Washington Heights, NY
He attended the Litchfield Law School and then returned to New York City in 1829 to establish a law practice. A bronchial infection forced him to seek a more active, outdoor lifestyle. He moved to Fishkill, NY in 1837 and became engaged in the cotton and iron manufacturing industries.
In 1850 he changed his residence to Poughkeepsie, and in 1852 to
Astoria, Long Island to engage in business as a consulting engineer. In
1859 he removed to Washington Heights, and was for a time
Superintendent of the Institution for the Blind. ...
Regarding Litchfield, 1826
(Litchfield Historical Society)
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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