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William Thomas Tolman

February 20, 1791
June 20, 1869
Home Town:
Stoughton, MA
Later Residences:
Charleston, SC
Canton, MA
Boston, MA
Elizabeth Stearn Tolman (April 30, 1846)
Biographical Notes:
William Thomas Tolman was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Wales) Tolman. He attended Brown University prior to studying at the Law School. After his admission to the bar, he first practiced law in Charleston, SC and later in Canton, MA from 1817 to 1837. in 1837, Tolman moved to Boston MA and practiced law there for the next twenty two years. From 1846 to 1847, he served in the state legislature of Massachusetts. Tolman died in Boston, MA.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Brown University in 1811.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
State Posts:
State Representative (MA) 1846-1847
State Committees:
Member of the MA Executive Council from 1849-1850.

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, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

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

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.

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