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Greenbury William Ridgely

May 9, 1798
Home Town:
Lexington, KY
Later Residences:
Philadelphia, PA
Newtown, PA
Mary Worth Ridgely (June 12, 1833)
Biographical Notes:
Greenberry William Ridgely was the son of Dr. Frederick and Elizabeth A. (Short) Ridgely. After attending the Litchfield Law School, Ridgely moved to Baltimore, MD where he practiced law for a few years with the firm of McDonald and Ridgely. He then returned home to Lexington, KY and worked for the office of Henry Clay.

Ridgely later decided to enter the ministry. He worked at St. Andrews Church in Philadelphia, PA as an assistant to Rev. Dr. Beddell. In 1830, he was made a full minister and his first church was at Bristol, PA. He would later preach at Newtown, PA.
Ridgely married Mary Worth on June 12, 1838 and the couple had three children. Ridgely retired in 1853 to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and served in any church lacking a minister. He owned a large amount of land around ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended school in Lexington, KY and studied at Transylvania College from 1806 - 1816. He then attended Princeton Theological Seminary.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Religious Calling

Related Objects and Documents
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.
Handwritten list by William Samuel Johnson, "Catalogue of the Students at Law in the school at Litchfield Conn. at & after Aug. 15th 1817..", Connecticut Historical Society, Johnson Family Papers, 1722-1863, Box - Johnson Papers

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 14.

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