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Lemuel Smith

July 16, 1798
June 12, 1830
Home Town:
Plainfield, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Matilda Coates Smith (September 9, 1822)
Biographical Notes:
Lemuel Smith was the son of Luther and Ruth (Harwood) Smith. He began his legal practice in New York City, NY in 1820. Smith was a Corporation Attorney at the time of his death and died at the age of thirty-one, while arguing a case in a New York City courtroom.
Additional Notes:
Listed only as "Smith" of "Conn" on William Samuel Johnson's handwritten list at Connecticut Historical Society.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Dartmouth College in 1817.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Training with Other Lawyers:
He read the law for two years with Hon. George Griffin in New York.
State Posts:
Judge Advocate (NY) 1820-1827
State Representative (NY) 1828-1829

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.
Houghton, Josiah. "LLS Law Notebook 1817-1818." Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 1, Litchfield Historical Society. Available online at

Handwritten list by William Samuel Johnson, "Catalogue of the Students at Law in the school at Litchfield Conn. at & after Aug. 15th 1817..", Connecticut Historical Society, Johnson Family Papers, 1722-1863, Box - Johnson Papers.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 15.

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