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Archibald Smith

December 13, 1788
May 6, 1869
Home Town:
Charlton, NY
Cornelia Heermance Smith (October 23, 1817)
Biographical Notes:
Archibald Smith was the son of Jeremiah Smith, one of the first settlers of Charlton. He was born December 13, 1788. He graduated from Union College in 1814. He next studied law in the office of Abraham Van Vechten in Albany. After his admission to the Dutchess county bar he opened an office in Poughkeepsie and built up an extensive legal practice.

He was noted for his thoroughness in preparing his cases for trial. In 1830 with his health failing, he gave up his practice and returned to Charlton, NY.

Although never again fully entering upon the practice of his profession, he occasionally appeared at the bar of the Circuit and Supreme courts in this and other counties. Through the influence of Hon. Anaon Brown be was nominated by the Whigs for county clerk in 1839, against ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Union College in 1814.

Profession / Service
Training with Other Lawyers:
Studied with Abraham Van Vechten of Albany, NY
Local Posts:
Clerk of Saratoga County (Charlton, NY) 1840-1843

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, 1814, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

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

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