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William Fitz Winthrop Sargent
December 6, 1799
October 22, 1822
William FitzWinthrop Sargent was a descendant of William Winthrop who emigrated to Gloucester, MA from England in 1678. His father Winthrop Sargent was instumental in the establishment of a colony in Georgia and was the first governor of the Mississippi Territory. His mother was Rowena Tupper. Sargent went to study at Harvard. When he was almost expelled, due to frequent absence from his studies and inappropriate behavior on the Sabbath, his father journeyed to Cambridge, MA, rented a house and spent the winter of 1817 in Cambridge. His father was able to convince the faculty not to expel him. After attending the Litchfield Law School, Sargent made the decision to move to Philadelphia, PA, but first returned to New Orleans, LA to prepare for the move. Sargent died en route to Philadelphia, PA.
A student listed only as "Sargeant" from "New Orleans" appears on William Samuel Johnson's handwritten list at CHS.
Years at LLS:
Graduated from Harvard College in 1817.
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Houghton, Josiah. "LLS Law Notebook 1817-1818." Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 1, Litchfield Historical Society. Available online at https://archive.org/stream/35102011793091#page/n11/mode/2up.
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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