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Levi Bull Smith

February 8, 1806
August 8, 1876
Home Town:
Reading, PA
Later Residences:
Reading, PA
Emily Badger Smith (April 10, 1827)
Biographical Notes:
Levi Bull Smith was the son of John and Elizabeth (Bull) Smith. He graduated from Princeton College in 1824 and then attended the Law School. He was admitted to the bar of Berks County, Pennsylvania, at Reading on January 10, 1827. Afterwards was engaged in the iron business with his brother-in-law, Judge William Darling, Darling and Smith were well known manufacturers of stoves. He also was an organizer of First National Bank of Reading, and its first president until his death in 1876.

In The History of Berks County Pennsylvania the author Morton Luther Montgomery authored a detailed biography of Smith. He wrote:

An Abolitionist in principal and an old-time Whig in his political faith, he became from the foundation of the Republican party one of its most zealous ...

Montgomery continued:

He was an outspoken and fearless Abolitionist, a warm friend of the colored people and sympathizer in their troubles.

Smith owned Joanna Furnace in Berks County and Smith was known to help runaway slaves travel through this area of Pennsylvania by sending them to the most remote areas of the woods surrounding the Furnace and staying with them until danger passed.


Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1824.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
January 10, 1827 in Reading, PA

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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.
George C. Woodruff List.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 21.

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