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Thomas Twining, Jr.

August 21, 1794
November 13, 1865
Home Town:
Granville, MA
Later Residences:
Sandisfied, MA
Stockbridge, MA
Lenox, MA
Rachel Jones Twining (October 21, 1818)
Sarah Lee Twining (February 17, 1852)
Biographical Notes:
Thomas Twining, Jr. was the son of William and Rebeca (Brown) Twining. He attended Williams College before studying at the Litchfield Law Scool.
Twining practiced law in Sandisfield, MA for twenty-one years from 1817 to 1838. During this time he also had a political career. He was elected to the State Legislature from 1828 to 1829.

He moved to Stockbridge, MA in 1838 and later moved again to Lenox, MA. From 1848 to 1852, he was the Sheriff of Berkshire County. Twining received an honorary degree from Williams in 1865. He died in Great Barrington, MA at the age of seventy.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Fitted for college by the Rev. Timothy M. Cooley of Granville, MA and then graduated from Williams College in 1814.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Berkshire County , MA in 1817
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied with Samuel Jones of Stockbridge, MA.
State Posts:
State Representative (MA) 1828-1829
Local Posts:
Sheriff (Berkshire County, MA) 1848-1852

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.

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