Moses Aaron Simons
New York, NY
Between 1805 and 1809, Moses attended Yale University as its first Jewish student, earning a BA. He then attended Litchfield Law School in 1810 and was admitted to the NY Bar in 1816. From 1816 until 1820, Moses served in the NYC Criminal ...
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.
Bond, William Key Student Lecture Notes 1811-1812, Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum Joseph Downs Manuscript Collection No. 65x669.
Fisher, Samuel. Litchfield Law School 1774-1833, Biographical Catalogue of Students New Haven, CT: Yale Law Library, 1946. 8.
Franklin Bowditch Dexter, Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College, Sept 1805-Sept 1815, Vol. 6 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912), 279.
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