Roger Minot Sherman

May 22, 1773
December 30, 1844
Home Town:
Woburn, MA
Later Residences:
Norwalk, CT
Fairfield, CT
Elizabeth Gould Sherman (1796)
Biographical Notes:
Roger Minott Sherman was the son of Rev. Josiah and Martha (Minott) Sherman. His uncle, Roger Sherman, was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence and his cousin, Roger Sherman, Jr., also attended the Law School.

After his admittance to the bar, he went to Norwalk, CT to set up his legal practice. His wife, Elizabeth Gould, was the sister of Litchfield Law School student and instructor James Gould. Sherman moved to Fairfield, CT in November of 1807 and continued to practice law there.

He entered state politics serving as both a State Senator and State Representative in the Connecticut legislature. In 1829, he received an honorary degree from Yale.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1792.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
New Haven, CT in 1796
Training with Other Lawyers:
He read for a time with Simeon Baldwin at New Haven, CT.
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1798
State Senator (CT) 1814-1818
Judge of the Superior and Supreme Court (CT) 1840-1844
State Committees:
Delegate to the Hartford Convention/ 1818

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.
Handwritten list on loose papers of LLS Students "prior to 1798," inside Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
Loomis, Dwight and J. Gilbert Calhoun. The Judicial and Civil History of Connecticut. Boston: The Boston History Company, 1895.

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