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Robert Harper Speed

November 29, 1802
November 18, 1829
Home Town:
Salem, VA
Later Residences:
Ithaca, NY
Biographical Notes:
Robert H. Speed registered at the Litchfield Law School from Virginia. He is the son of Joseph and Mary Goodloe Harper. During his lifetime, his family relocated to Ithaca, NY. He joined them after completing his studies at the Law School. Speed briefly practiced law in Ithaca before dying at the age of 26. He never married.

Years at LLS:

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, 1848), 22.
Secondary Sources:
Speed, Thomas. Records and Memorials of the Speed Family. Louisville, KY: Courier-Journal Job Printing Company, 1892.

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