George Tod

December 11, 1773
April 11, 1841
Home Town:
Suffield, CT
Later Residences:
New Haven, CT
Youngstown, OH
Sarah Isaacs Tod (September 18, 1797)
Biographical Notes:
George Tod was the son of David and Rachel (Kent) Tod. He graduated from Yale College and then attended the Law School.

In 1797, he began a legal practice in New Haven, CT. He moved his family to OH in 1800, after making a short preliminary visit there. Tod settled in Youngstown, OH. He became well respected for his legal knowledge. In 1806, the Ohio legislature approved his appointment as one of the judges on the Ohio Supreme Court.

In 1806, Calvin Pease, a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the Third Circuit, declared a section of an Ohio law in violation of the Ohio Constitution of 1803. The Ohio law permitted justices of the peace to oversee legal disputes involving property or money in excess of twenty dollars. Pease declared that the Constitution promised trial ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1795.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied law with his father before attending the Litchfield Law School.
Political Party:
State Posts:
State Senator (OH) 1804-1806, 1810-1812
Judge of the Supreme Court (OH) 1807-1810
Judge of the Third District Court of Appeals (OH) 1816-1829
Local Posts:
Prosecuting Attorney (Trumbull County, OH)

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.
Moothall Society Record Books, Litchfield Law School Collection Series 1: Period Documents: Subseries 3: Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
Reed, George Irving, Emilius Oviatt Randall and Charles Theodore Greve, eds. Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company, 1897.

Upton, Harriet Taylor and Harry Gardner Cutler. ed. History of the Western Reserve. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1910.

Tod, John. Some Account of the History of the Tod Family and Connections. Youngstown, OH: 1917.

George Tod. The Supreme Court of Ohio & The Ohio Judicial System.

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