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Oliver M. Spencer

March 1809
September 30, 1861
Home Town:
Cincinnati, OH
Unknown (unknown)
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Sarah Halstead Spencer (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Oliver M. Spencer worked as an attorney for 'Ohio Life Insurance & Trust Co.' He made several attempts to establish himself politically, but failed in his efforts. In 1851, he ran as a candidate for state representative but lost the election. He also ran for Congress but lost to George H. Pendelton. He was more successful in his legal career and in 1854 was elected as a judge on the newly organized superior court. Spencer and his third wife had three children. He died in Cincinnatti, OH.

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Graduated from Cincinnati College.

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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), 23.

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