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Horace Baxter

November 15, 1790
May 8, 1857
Home Town:
Surry, NH
Later Residences:
Rockingham, VT
Elvira Webb Baxter (July 6, 1813)
Biographical Notes:
Horace Baxter, the only son of Simeon Baxter and Margaret Noney Baxter, was born on November 15, 1790 in Surrey, New Hampshire. After studying at the Litchfield Law School in 1812, he was admitted to the bar in Windham County, Vermont, and began the practice of law in Rockingham. From 1812 to 1818 Baxter served as Postmaster and also as the Judge of Probate for many years. Baxter married Elvira Webb of Rockingham on July 6, 1813. In 1846, his son, John N. Baxter, became his legal partner. Baxter died in Rockingham on September 13, 1861.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Windham County, NH on June 17, 1814
Training with Other Lawyers:
He read the law with Lawyer Webb in Rockingham Village.
Local Posts:
Postmaster (Rockingham, NH) 1812-1819
Judge of Probate (NH)

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 County Bar Association Records, 1813, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, 11.
Secondary Sources:
Hayes, Lyman Simpson. History of the Town of Rockingham Vermont. Lynn, MA: Press of Frank S. Whitten, 1907.

Peck, Thomas Bellows. Vital Records of Rockingham, Vermont: from the beginning of the records to January 1, 1845 & Records of the first church of Rockingham, Vermont: from its organizaiton October 27, 1773 to September 25, 1839. Genealogical Society of Vermont, 1994.

Kingsbury, Frank Burnside. History of the town of Surry, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. 1925.

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