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Hezekiah Belden

February 17, 1778
March 22, 1849
Home Town:
Wethersfield, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Richmond, VA
Wethersfield, CT
Harriet Lyon Belden (December 28, 1818)
Biographical Notes:
Hezekiah Belden was the son of Reverend Joshua and Honor Whiting Belden. He graduated from Yale College in 1796 and attended the Litchfield Law School in 1797, but was never admitted to the bar.

Belden served as the Town Clerk of Wethersfield, Connecticut from 1805 to 1824, and also worked as a crockery merchant in New Haven, Connecticut. He migrated to South Carolina, but returned to New Haven where he married Harriet Halsted Lyon of Rye, New York on December 28, 1818. He moved to Richmond, VA in 1824 and worked with a Mr. Porter to provide stages for sending mail across the Ohio River. He returned to Connecticut in 1842 and passed away in Wethersfield on March 22, 1849. He was survived by a son and a daughter.
"Rode in stage to Wethersfield to see my good classmate Hezekiah Belden. He is very low and probably near death." March 20, 1849 Diary of Thomas Robbins, D.D. 1796-1854, Printed for his Nephew, Volume II, Boston: Beacon Press, 1887.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1796.

Profession / Service
Business; Political Office
Local Posts:
Clerk for the Town (Wethersfield, CT)

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, 3.

Moothall Society Record Books. Litchfield Law School Collection, Series I, Subseries 3, Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
Belden, Stanley Raymond. The Family History of Judge Ellsworth B. Belden and collateral families. 1969.

Dexter, Franklin Bowditch Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with the Annals of the College History, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1911.

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