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Henry Joseph Ruggles

March 6, 1906
Home Town:
New Milford, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Eliza Jane Adams Ruggles (October 15, 1846)
Mahia Sibley Adams Ruggles (December 8, 1858)
Biographical Notes:
Henry Joseph Ruggles was the youngest son of Philo and Ellen (Buckley) Ruggles. His father Philo had attended the Litchfield Law School many years earlier in 1790 and his uncle Herman had also attended in 1803. Ruggles established his own law practice in New York City, NY. Ruggles also pursues literary interests and was an avid Shakesperian scholar. He published The Method of Shakespeare as an Artist, Deduced from an Analysis of his Leading Tragedies and Comedies in 1870.

Ruggles was also the author of The Plays of Shakespeare Founded on Literary Forms, which was published in 1895. He and his brothers obtained Union Square for New York City, NY and also founded Gramercy Park.

Ruggles also helped to lay out as well as name Lexington Avenue and was active with ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Columbia College in 1832.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Arts
Admitted To Bar:
Albany, NY in 1835
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied in the law office of his brother, Samuel B. Ruggles.

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), 24.

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