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Daniel Sheldon, Jr.

April 14, 1828
Home Town:
Washington, CT
Later Residences:
Litchfield, CT
Paris, France
Marseilles, France
Biographical Notes:
Daniel Sheldon Jr. was born in Washington, CT, the son of Charlotte Judson Sheldon and Dr. Daniel Sheldon. Sheldon attended the Litchfield Law School in 1796. Upon completion, he went to the United States Dept. of Treasury with Oliver Wolcott, and was auditor when Washington was burned in 1814.

In 1816, Sheldon went to Paris with Albert Gallatin. Sheldon was commissioned Secretary of Legation, April 3, 1816 and acted as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim from July 18 to October 6, 1817; from August 12 to October 27, 1818; and from May 10,1823, to March 30, 1824. Sheldon contracted a respiratory disease and died in Marseilles on Apr. 14, 1828, 48 years old. He did not marry.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Political Office
Federal Posts:
Clerk of the U.S. Treasury Department
Secretary of Legation in Paris, France (France) 1816-1823
U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Paris, France (France) 1823

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.
Moothall Society Record Books, Litchfield Law School Collection Series 1: Period Documents: Subseries 3: Other Papers lists Daniel Sheldon Junr. as a member and clerk.; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Comp

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