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Herman Ruggles

March 20, 1778
Home Town:
New Milford, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Jersey City, NJ
Ellen McCoy (August 26, 1813)
Biographical Notes:
Herman Ruggles was the son of Lazarus and Hannah Ruggles. He entered the law office of Tapping Reeve in January of 1803 and later practiced law in New York. He married Ellen McCoy in 1813 with whom he had three children. The family resided in New York near Union Square. He died at Jersey City in September, 1857.

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Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (New York) 1821-1823
State Posts:
Judge Second Circuit Court (New York) 1831-1846
Judge Court of Appeals (New York) 1847-1855

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, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

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

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