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Aaron Smith

April 19, 1771
September 28, 1834
Home Town:
Plymouth, CT
Later Residences:
Litchfield, CT
Amanda Waterman Smith (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Aaron Smith was the son of Major-General David and Ruth (Hitchcock) Smith. His father was a member of the Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati as well as a successful merchant in Plymouth, CT.

After his graduation from the Litchfield Law School, he settled permanently in Litchfield, CT and established himself as a lawyer and merchant. His parents moved to Litchfield, CT in 1810. Smith briefly left the law and formed a mercantile firm with his younger brother Lucius in Litchfield, CT. However, the War of 1812 forced them to close the firm and Smith went back to his legal practice.

He later returned to the merchant trade and established a firm with his brothers in New York City that imported goods from Britain named: 'Smith, Tallmadge & Co'. He also acted as a colonel in the state militia. Smtih died at Litchfield, CT at the age of sixty-four.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1790.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Business; Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1808-1814

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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.
Handwritten list on loose papers of LLS Students "prior to 1798," inside Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
Kilbourne, Dwight C. The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut 1709-1909. Litchfield, CT: Published by the Author, 1909.

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