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Thomas Stevens

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Thomas Stevens registered for the Litchfield Law School from Georgia. He died while attending the Law School.
"The death of Mr. Stevens, a very promising and amiable young man is lamented by the whole Office as well as the neighbourhood. I have myself no doubt his complaint originated from the same cause by which he had lost a limb before he left his native State (Georgia) and was brought with him in his habit to this place. One of this physicians has observed to me since his death the very remarkable circumstance that this is but the second instance of mortality in the Law school since its first establishment, and I think no friend of the students in this pace need have any anxiety incurred at this event." Julius Deming to Daniel D. Rogers (father of law school student), December 31, 1823

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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.
Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1823.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 19.

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