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John Adams Sterrett

December 15, 1801
April 4, 1872
Home Town:
Chambersburg, PA
Later Residences:
Sunbury, PA
Lewiston, PA
Mary Chapman Sterrett (October 5, 1826)
Sarah Chapman Sterrett (After 1841)
Amelia Clingaman Sterrett (After 1858)
Biographical Notes:
John Adams Sterrett is the son of John and Myrtilla Irwin Sterrett. He attended the Law School from Chambersburg, PA. He returned to the area after finishing his studeies and first worked as a lawyer in Sunbury, PA then later in Lewiston, PA. Sterrett eventually left the practice of the law to become a businessman. He worked in the mercantile business and spent the last twenty years of his life settling estates.

Sterrett fathered 15 children between his three marriages.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended several local schools in Pennsylvania before attending the Litchfield Law School.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Business
Admitted To Bar:
Franklin County, PA in 1823

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.
Litchfield Eagle, October 7, 1822 and October 6, 1823.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 18.

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