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Elisha Beebe Strong

November 19, 1788
October 14, 1867
Home Town:
Windsor, CT
Later Residences:
Canandaigua, NY
Detroit, MI
Dolly Hooker Strong (June 24, 1813)
Ellen O'Keefe Strong (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Elisha Beebe Strong was the son of Elisha and Mary (Beebe) Strong. Strong settled in Canandaigua, NY and became the partner of William H. Adams. His first wife was the sister of Litchfield Law School graduate James Hooker. Strong and his first wife had five sons and three daughters.

In 1816, he formed a land company with Herman Norton and Elisha Beach. They purchased 1,000 acres of land 25 miles northwest of Canandaigua, NY, an area which is now the suburbs of Rochester, NY. Strong also worked closely with his three brother in-laws Horace, James and Henry Hooker. After his business began to fail, he moved West with several of his children.

In 1861, he moved to Detroit, MI. His first wife died in 1850 and he later remarried. His second wife was Catholic and Elisha converted to Catholicism in 1866. Strong died in Detroit, MI.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Prepared for college by Nathan Johnson and graduated from Yale College in 1809.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Training with Other Lawyers:
He entered the law office of Nathaniel W. Howell and John Creig as a law student.
State Posts:
State Representative (NY) 1820
State Committees:
Served as a Presidential Elector in 1824.
Local Posts:
Judge of the County Court (Monroe County, NY) 1821-1823

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 County Bar Association Records, 1810, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

William Key Bond List 1811-1812.

Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Tiffany, Case and Company, 1849), 9.
Secondary Sources:
Dwight, Benjamin W. The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass. Albany: Joel Munsell, 1871.

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