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Ira E. Smith

ca. 1789
September 5, 1849
Later Residences:
Berlin, CT
Sally Stone Smith (December 26, 1822)
Biographical Notes:
Ira Smith established his legal practice in Berlin, CT and was active in local and state politics throughout his life.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
1810 in Litchfield County Court
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1829, 1831-1832
Local Posts:
Justice of the Peace (Berlin, CT) 1827-1840
Judge of Probate (Berlin, CT) 1831-1838
Judge of the County Court (Hartford County, CT) 1834-1836
Chief Justice of the County Court (Hartford County, CT) 1837

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 7.
Secondary Sources:
Loomis, Dwight and J. Gilbert Calhoun. The Judicial and Civil History of Connecticut. Boston: The Boston History Company, 1895.

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