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Richard Wayne Stites

November 24, 1802
July 7, 1877
Home Town:
Savannah, GA
Later Residences:
Morristown, NJ
Elizabeth Cooke Stites (August 31, 1824)
Biographical Notes:
Richard Wayne Stites was the son of Richard and Mary (Wayne) Montgomery Stites. Stites met his wife while attending the Law School. They were married in Litchfield by Rev. Lyman Beecher.

Stites and his wife moved for a time to Georgia. In 1835, Stites moved with his family to Morristown, NJ for his health. He died in Morristown, NJ.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
He attended Union College, but did not graduate.

Profession / Service
Political Office; Lawyer
Admitted To Bar:
Savannah, GA in 1824
Federal Committees:
Member of the 1867 Constitutional Convention.
State Posts:
State Representative (GA)
Local Posts:
Judge of the Morris County Court of Common Pleas (Morris County, NJ)

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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.
Manuscript Group 450, Richard Wayne Stites Notebook, The New Jersey Historical Society.

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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