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Aaron Burr Reeve

October 3, 1780
September 1, 1809
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Troy, NY
Annabella Shedden Burr (November 21, 1808)
Biographical Notes:
Aaron Burr Reeve was the only child of Tapping Reeve, the founder of the Litchfield Law School, and his first wife Sally (Burr) Reeve. He was the nephew of Aaron Burr. After his admission to the bar, Reeve then went to Troy, NY where he worked as a lawyer. Reeve died at Troy, NY and his only son Tapping Burr Reeve was sent to be raised by his father Tapping Reeve and his second wife Betsey (Thompson) Reeve. His son later died at the age of 20 while in attendance at Yale, thus ending the line of Tapping Reeve.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1802.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
1805 in Litchfield County Court

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.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1802, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 5.

Reeve, Aaron Burr, 1780-1855, Notes on lectures by Tapping Reeve at the Litchfield Law School, Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.

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