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Gerritt Van Wagenen

November 6, 1800
September 27, 1858
Home Town:
New York, NY
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Anne Pierrepont Van Wagenen (March 17, 1835)
Biographical Notes:
Gerritt Van Wagenen was the son of Gerritt Huybert and Sarah (Brinckerhoff) Van Wagenen. He graduated from Columbia College before studying at the Law School. He established a law firm with his Litchfield Law School classmate Thomas L. Wells. Their firm 'Wells & Van Wagenen' lasted at least seventeen years from 1838 to 1855. From 1845 to 1848, he served as a trustee for Columbia College. Van Wagenen was also a vestryman of Grace Church in New York, a member of the St. Nicholas Society from its organization in 1835 and President of the Packer Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He died in New Brunswick, NJ at the home of his former law partner Thomas L. Wells.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Columbia College in 1821.

Profession / Service

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.
Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1823
Secondary Sources:
Van Wagenen, Gerrit Hubert. Genealogy of the Van Wagenen family from 1650 to 1884, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1884.

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