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Samuel W. Southmayd

September 1773
March 4, 1813
Home Town:
Westbury, CT
Later Residences:
Watertown, CT
Biographical Notes:
Samuel W. Southmayd was the son of John Dorcas (Skinner) Southmayd. He received an honorary master's from Yale in 1809. He never married and died of "lung fever."
Additional Notes:
In 1805 and 1807 S.W. Southmayd served on the Committee of Examination for the Litchfield County Court admissions to the bar.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended the common schools before entering the Litchfield Law School.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
State Posts:
State Representative (CT)

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Boardman, David Sherman. Sketches of the Early Lights of the Litchfield Bar. J. Humphrey, Jr., 1860.

Bronson, Henry. The History of Waterbury, Connecticut. Waterbury: Bronson Brothers, 1858.

Kilbourne, Dwight C. The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut 1709-1909. Litchfield, CT: Published by the Author, 1909.

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