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Charles Torrey

June 16, 1795
December 31, 1873
Home Town:
Boston, MA
Later Residences:
Boston, MA
Elizabeth Elliott Torrey (March 11, 1823)
Biographical Notes:
Charles Torrey was the son of Samuel and Katherine (Gore) Torrey. He attended Boston Latin School and studied with Dr. Rev. Gardiner before graduating from Harvard College in 1814.

After completing his course work at the Law School, he entered the "Counting Room" of 'Mess, Ropes & Ward,' and worked as a merchant and broker in Boston, MA. Torrey traveled to Calcutta, India in 1818 and then returned home to work in the merchantile business.

In 1823 he married Elizabeth Elliot, the daughter of General Simon Elliot. Torrey and his wife had five daughters and two sons.

Torrey suffered severe financial severe losses in 1829 due to the failure of his investments in the manufacturing industry and again worked as a company agent to Calcutta, India. Torrey then returned to ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Boston Latin School and studied with Dr. Rev. Gardiner before graduating from Harvard College in 1814.

Profession / Service
Business; Broker; Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (MA) 1856

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

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1814, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society

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