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William Francis Taliaferro

January 15, 1790
Home Town:
Hagley, VA
Mary Tuberville Taliaferro (December 1815)
Biographical Notes:
William Francis Taliaferro was the son of James Garnet and Wilhelmina (Wishart) Taliaferro. He returned to Virginia after attending the Law School and entered politics serving as a State Representative from 1816-1817 and as a Justice of the Westmoreland County Court.

He married Mary Tuberville in December 18156 and they had seven children.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1811.

Profession / Service
Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (VA) 1816-1817
Local Posts:
Justice of the County Court (Westmoreland County, VA)

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.
Secondary Sources:
Sherman, Nell Watson, comp. Taliaferro-Toliver Family Records. Private Printing, 1961.

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