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John Truman Stoddert

October 1, 1790
July 19, 1870
Home Town:
Smith Point, MD
Later Residences:
Baltimore, MD
Elizabeth Gwynn Stoddert (May 23, 1815)
Biographical Notes:
Stoddert was born at "Smith Point" in Nanjemoy, Maryland. He was the son of William Truman Stoddert, Sr. and his second wife, Elizabeth. Stoddert graduated from Princeton College in 1810. He attended the Law School, was admitted to the bar, and entered into practice in Charles County, Maryland. He also served during the War of 1812 as a Major. He married Elizabeth Gwynn on May 23, 1815, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Stoddert was elected in 1820 to the Maryland House of Delegates. From 1833 to 1835, he represented Maryland in the United States House of Representatives as a Jacksononian Democrat.

After his departure from Congress, Stoddert engaged in agricultural practices until his death in 1870 at his family estate, "Wicomico House" at "West Hatton" Estate, Charles County, where he is buried.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Was educated by private tutors early on and then graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1810.

Profession / Service
Military; Lawyer; Political Office; Agriculture
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied in Annapolis, MD with Judge Alexander C. Magruder.
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (MD) 1833-1835
State Posts:
State Representative (MD) 1820
State Committees:
Member of the Electoral College for Charles County, MD in 1826.

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.
Baldwin, Roger Sherman. Notes on law taken from the lectures of the Honble. Tapping Reeve and James Gould, esquire … at the Litchfield Law School, 1812-1813. Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 11.

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