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Robert Kerr Richards

September 5, 1806
March 5, 1874
Home Town:
Savannah, GA
Later Residences:
St. Louis, MO
Chicago, IL
Washington, District of Columbia
San Francisco, CA
Lamb Richards (October 30, 1832)
Biographical Notes:
Robert Kerr Richards was born in Savannah, GA on September 5, 1806. He was the son of Abraham Richards and Sarah Arnold. After he graduated from Yale in 1827, Richards entered the Litchfield Law School in 1829. He moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he practiced law from 1830 to 1833. This was the first of a series many moves Richard's made across the country. In each successive city he continued to practice law.

After St. Louis, he moved to Chicago, IL and two years later he moved to Washington, D.C. Richards did not live in Washington for very long, before he moved to Florida. On a visit to New York City in 1832, he married the daughter of General Anthony Lamp and they had two sons and one daughter. Richards moved yet again in 1849, this time to San Francisco, California until 1858. ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1827.

Profession / Service
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied in the office of Attorney General Greene of Rhode Island for about a year after completing his studies in Litchfield, CT.

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), 23.
Secondary Sources:
Obituary Records of Graduates of Yale College 1860-70, 1870-80, 1880-90, 1890-1900. Yale University: 1900.

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