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Selah B. Treat

February 19, 1804
March 28, 1877
Home Town:
Hartland, CT
Later Residences:
East Windsor, CT
Penn Yan, NY
Newark, NJ
Boston, MA
Abigail Peters Treat (December 25, 1827)
Biographical Notes:
Selah B. Treat was the son of Selah and Anna (Williams) Treat. He worked as a clerk for a short time before entering the Litchfield Law School. After his admission to the bar in Litchfield, CT, he established his legal practice in East Windsor, CT.

In 1831, Treat moved his family to Penn Yan, NY where he briefly became a partner of H. Welles. Two years later, Treat left his legal practice to become a minister. After his graduation from Andover Theological Seminary, he became pastor at the Third Presbyterian Church of Newark, NJ.

In 1840, Treat also worked as the co-editor of Biblical Repository and American Eclectic. He returned to the minstry in 1842 and moved to Boston the following year. Treat then took charge of The Missionary Herald from 1843 to 1856.

He married Abigail Peters and they had seven children.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended district school until the age of twelve and then attended Lenox Academy. He then studied at Mr. White's and Rev. Lyman Strong's school in Hartford, CT and graduated from Andover Theological Seminary in 1835.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Religious Calling; Editor
Admitted To Bar:
1826 in Litchfield County Court
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied with Judge Peters and Gov. Ellsworth of Hartford, CT.
Local Posts:
Justice of the Peace (East Windsor, CT) ca. 1828

Related Objects and Documents
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.
George C. Woodruff List.

Elizabeth Wolcott, Litchfield to John P. Jackson, Newark, Alice Wolcott Collection 2 Oct 1825, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848.
Secondary Sources:
Yale College. Biographical Sketches of the Class of 1824: Compiled from Authentic Documents, and Published for the benefit of the members. Norwalk, CT: A.H. Byington, Printer, 1855.

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