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Henry Barney Smith

October 26, 1789
April 1, 1861
Home Town:
Boston, MA
Later Residences:
Southbridge, MA
Biographical Notes:
Henry Barney Smith was the son of Barney and Ann Otis Smith, a Boston merchant who owned a shop on State Street.

Smith graduated from Harvard in 1809. He attended the Law School and then returned to Boston to study under William Sullivan. Smith was admitted to the bar in Suffolk County but having inherited an ample fortune never practiced law. He was an ardent member of the Democrat Republican party and a frequent speaker. In 1822 he delivered a 4th of July oration at Dorchester, MA. In 1824, Smith delivered another, at the Marlborough Hotel in Boston. It was said of him, after giving a speech before the Washington Society in Boston, that he is an uncompromising democrat,who has sketched the Protean visage of aristocracy in thoughts that breathe and words that burn. He was ...

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Other Education:
Prepared for college under the instruction of Rev. Nathaniel Thayer of Lancaster, MA and graduated from Harvard College in 1809. He then received his Masters Degree from Harvard in 1812.

Profession / Service
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Training with Other Lawyers:
Studies with William Sullivan in Boston, MA.
Political Party:
Democratic Republican

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, 1809, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

William Key Bond List 1811-1812.

Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Tiffany, Case and Company, 1849), 8.
Secondary Sources:
Loring, James Spear. The hundred Boston orators, appointed by the municipal authorities and other Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1852.

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