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Benjamin Huger Rutledge

February 10, 1797
April 26, 1832
Home Town:
Charleston, SC
Later Residences:
Alice Weston Rutledge (February 1824)
Biographical Notes:
Benjamin Huger Rutledge was the son of Hugh and Mary Golightly (Huger) Rutledge. He left college during his junior year on 1814 to join the army. From 1815 to 1817, Rutledge served as the third lieutenant in the U.S. Artillery Corps. Rutledge died only eight years after his marraige to Alice Ann Weston.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended South Carolina College for two years but did not graduate.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
Columbia, SC in 1820

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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.
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.

Houghton, Josiah. "LLS Law Notebook 1817-1818." Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 1, Litchfield Historical Society. Available online at

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 15.

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