Augustus Schell

August 1, 1812
March 27, 1884
Home Town:
Rhinebeck, NY
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Anna Fox Schell (March 1873)
Biographical Notes:
Augustus Schell was the son of Christian and Elizabeth (Hughes) Schell. After his admission to the bar, Schell went to work at the firm of John Slosson. He later formed his own firm with Slosson in 1842 in New York City. This firm eventually became 'Schell, Slosson & Hutchins' and later 'Hutchins & Platt.' Schell became an expert in corporate law with his older brother Richard, who was a leader on Wall Street and became involved in various investments with Augustus. He was a close friend of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt and supported him in all of his railroad developments.

In 1862, Schell became the Director of the Hudson River Railroad. Five years later he served as the Director of the Lake Shore and Michigan Central Railroad. His great financial and legal acumen placed him on ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Union College in 1830.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Business
Admitted To Bar:
New York, NY in 1833
Training with Other Lawyers:
Read under John Armstrong at Rhinebeck, NY and John Slosson at New York, NY.
Political Party:

Related Objects and Documents
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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 24.
Secondary Sources:
Schell, Francis. Memoir of the Hon. Augustus Schell. New York: Private Printing, 1885.

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