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Charles Thompson, Jr.

February 18, 1780
December 9, 1817
Home Town:
Woodbury, CT
Later Residences:
Mount Pleasant, NY
Monticello, NY
Spencertown, NY
Elizabeth Mitchell Thompson (November 1, 1801)
Biographical Notes:
Charles Thompson, Jr. was the son of Hezekiah and Rebecca (Judson) Thompson and was their youngest son. Hezekiah was one of the first lawyers in Woodbury, CT. He expected his youngest son to remain at home with his father, follow agricultural pursuits and inherit the family homestead. Yet after a visit to his brother William in New York City, NY at the age of fifteen, Thompson decided to study the classics.

He studied at the law office of Noah Benedict before attending the Law School. Thompson was admitted to the New York state bar and opened a law office in Spencertown, NY. He later had a partnership with Governor VanNess. In 1806, Thompson moved to Mount Pleasant, NY where he bought a large property and lived a comfortable life.

He later moved again to Monticello, NY ...

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
New York State in 1811
Training with Other Lawyers:
He read law in the office of Noah B. Benedict, Esq.
Political Party:
Jeffersonian Democrat

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.
Handwritten list on loose papers of LLS Students "prior to 1798," inside Catalogue of Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
Cothren, William. History of Ancient Woodbury, Connecticut. Hartford, CT: Tiffany and Company, 1854.

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