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James Delancy Verplanck

February 2, 1805
May 7, 1881
Home Town:
Fishkill, NY
Julia Caverly Verplanck (1837)
Biographical Notes:
James Delancy Verplanck born in Fishkill, NY February 2, 1805, to Daniel Crommelin Verplanck. He graduated from Yale in 1823 and attended Litchfield Law School in 1827. He married Julia Caverly in 1837.

In 1836, Verplanck recieved 1000 acres of farmland from his family's larger land holdings. He erected a large Greek Revival house on the property known as Manor House which was completed in 1842. Verplanck spent most of his life working as a farmer rather than as a lawyer. He died on May 7, 1881.
Additional Notes:
776 of the 1000 acres given to Verplank is today the Stony Kill Farm, a working farm owned and operated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as an environmental education center. The house built by Verplank still stands on the property. The farm was given to the state by Verplank's descendents.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1823.

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.
George C, Woodruff List.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848.

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