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Theodore Sill

January 3, 1777
March 1836
Home Town:
Goshen, CT
Later Residences:
Whitesboro, NY
Eliza Mann Sill (September 10, 1810)
Biographical Notes:
Theodore Sill was the son of Dr. Elisha and Polly (Heaton) Sill. His brother-in-law Thomas Ruggles Gold attended the Litchfield Law School in 1786. Sill became the law partner of Gold after his admittance to the bar. They maintained a highly successful practice and took many law students into their office. He also acted as a Major General in the Artillery. After his marriage, he built an elegant house in Whitesborough, NY.

In addition to his legal practice and political career, Sill invested in several woolen mills on the Mohawk River including the Oriskany Woolen Mill which imported a large number of merino sheep from Spain for their superior wool.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1797.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Military; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
New York in 1800
Training with Other Lawyers:
After studying in Litchfield, CT he read the law with his brother-in-law, Thomas R. Gold.
State Posts:
State Representative (NY) 1814-1815, 1826-1827

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 Murdoch. Brief Memoirs of the Class of 1797. New Haven, CT: Yale College, 1848.

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