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Roger Sherman, Jr.

July 16, 1768
March 6, 1856
Home Town:
New Haven, CT
Later Residences:
New Haven, CT
Susannah Staples Sherman (September 1, 1801)
Biographical Notes:
Roger Sherman, Jr. was the son of Roger Sherman, a signer of both the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence, and his second wife Rebecca Prescott. Although he attended the Litchfield Law School for a few months, Sherman ultimately decided to become a merchant. He died in New Haven, CT.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1787.

Profession / Service
Business; Political Office
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied in the law office of his brother-in-law Thomas Ruggles Gold.
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1810-1811

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.
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