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Roger Sherman Skinner

January 19, 1795
December 6, 1838
Home Town:
East Hartford, CT
Later Residences:
New Haven, CT
New York, NY
Mary DeForest Skinner (September 27, 1817)
Biographical Notes:
Roger Sherman Skinner was the son of Dr. John and Chloe (Sherman) Skinner. The family moved from East Hartford, CT to New Haven, CT when he was four years old. Skinner moved his wife and family to New York City in 1828. He consequently compiled the New York State Register for 1830 and 1831. He died on a visit to Peru, Lassale County, IL He was survived by all six of his children.
Additional Notes:
His youngest daughter later married Timothy Dwight, the President of Yale.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Prepared for college by Elizur Goodrich, Jr. at Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven, CT and graduated from Yale College in 1813.

Profession / Service
Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
1816 in Litchfield County Court
Local Posts:
Clerk of the City and County Courts (New Haven, CT) 1820-1824

Related Objects and Documents
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, 1815, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 13.

Skinner Family Papers, 1802-1849, Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale Univerisity.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

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