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Stephen Upson

June 12, 1783
August 3, 1824
Home Town:
Waterbury, CT
Later Residences:
Lexington, GA
Hannah Cummins Upson (1812)
Biographical Notes:
Stephen Upson went to study at the Litchfield Law School after his graduation from Yale. However, his ill health forced him to move to a warmer climate. In 1807, he moved to Hanover, VA where he taught the children of Colonel Pope as well as studying the law.

When the climate did not improve his health, he moved even further South, this time to Georgia. He was accepted there as a student in the office of the Hon. William H. Crawford of Levington, GA. in 1808, Upson began his own legal practice. He married the daughter of Dr. Francis Cummins.

At the time of his death in 1824, Upson was the head of the Georgia bar and a member of the State Legislature. He was also about to be nominated for the U.S. Senate.
Additional Notes:
Upson County in Georgia is named after Stephen Upson on December 15, 1824.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Prepared for college by Rev. Israel B. Woodward of Wolcott and graduated from Yale College in 1804.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied with Judge Chauncey of New Haven, CT, Colonel Pope in Hanover, VA and William H. Crawford of Lexington, GA.
State Posts:
State Representative (GA) 1820-1824

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
White, George. Statistics of the State of Georgia. Savannah, GA: W. Thorne Williams, 1849.

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