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John Harleston Read

May 23, 1859
Home Town:
Charleston, SC
Later Residences:
Charleston, SC
Mary Withers Read (1811)
Emily Huger Read (1823)
Biographical Notes:
John Harleston Read was the son of Dr. William and Sarah (Harleston) Read. After his admission to the bar, he took up planting and never practiced law. His first wife died shortly after their 1811 marriage. Read also pursued a military and political career. He served as an Aide to Brigadier General Jacob Reed. In 1850, he became the President of the Society of the Cincinnati for South Carolina and held this post until his death.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1806.

Profession / Service
Agriculture; Military; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Charleston, SC in 1810
State Posts:
State Senator (SC) 1830-1832

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 Litchfield Law School (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Tiffany, Case and Company, 1849), 7.

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