Horatio Seymour

May 31, 1778
November 21, 1857
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Addison, VT
Lucy Case Seymour (1800)
Biographical Notes:
Horatio Seymour was the son, and fourth child of Major Moses and Mary (Marsh) Seymour, Jr. Horatio Seymour was a sixth generation descendant of Richard Seymour, who was one of the first settlers of Hartford, CT.

Seymour graduated from Yale in 1797. While there, one of his earliest teachers was James Gould who would later join Tapping Reeve teaching at the Litchfield Law School. After his graduation from Yale, Seymour spent the next year as an assistant teacher in the academy at Cheshire, CT. He attended the Litchfield Law School the following year (1798), where his nephew Origen Storrs Seymour would also attend in 1824. In October, 1799, Seymour moved to Middlebury, Vermont where he was admitted to the bar in 1800 following a further year of study in the law office of the Honorable ...
"Horatio Seymour, the fourth child of Major Moses Seymour, was, from early childhood, amiable, studious and decorous in all his conduct." -- Brief Memoirs of the Class of 1797, p. 84.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Prepared for college with his brother-in-law, Rev. Truman Marsh in New Milford, CT and graduated from Yale College in 1797.

Profession / Service
Educator; Lawyer; Political Office; Business
Admitted To Bar:
Addison, VT in 1800
Training with Other Lawyers:
He was a student in the law office of Hon. Daniel Chipman of Middlebury, VT.
Political Party:
Democratic Republican; Adams-Clay Republican; Adams; Anti-Jacksonian
Federal Posts:
U.S. Senator (VT) 1821-1833
Federal Committees:
Chairman of the Commmittee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses from 1823-1824 and 1825-1826. Member of the Committee on Agriculture in 1831 and 1832.
State Posts:
State's Attorney (Addison County, VT) 1810-1813, 1815-1819
State Committees:
Members of the state Executive Council of VT from 1809-1814
Local Posts:
Judge of Probate (Addison, VT) 1847-1856
Postmaster (Middlebury, VT) 1800-1809

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, 1849), 3.
Secondary Sources:
Day, Thomas and James Murdock. Brief Memoirs of the Class of 1797. New Haven, CT: Yale College, 1848. Available in Google Books.

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