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William Sheldon

April 5, 1802
May 6, 1826
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Paris, France
Biographical Notes:
William Sheldon was the son of Dr. Daniel and Huldah (Stone) Sheldon. In 1814 and 1816 it is believed he may have attended the Litchfield Female Academy. From 1821-1823 he studied at the Litchfield Law School. After completing his education he went abroad to work in the merchant trade and died of consumption at Paris, France.

Years at school:
LLS: 1821-1823; LFA: 1814,1816
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1822.

Profession / Service

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.
Litchfield Eagle, October 7, 1822.

Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1823.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 18.

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