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William Besley Waldo

May 20, 1805
July 14, 1867
Home Town:
Brinckerhoff, NY
Later Residences:
Brooklyn, NY
Johnsville, NY
Jane Bruce Waldo (October 30, 1833)
Biographical Notes:
William Besley Waldo was the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Besley) Waldo. He graduated from Union College before attending the Law School. After completing his studies, Waldo practiced law for some time in Brooklyn, NY. As his health soon deteriorated, he moved to Johnsville, NY to a farm he had inherited from his grandfather William Besley. He married Jane Bruce, the daughter of John Moffat and Ann (Todd) Bruce of New York City and they had two children.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Union College in 1827.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Agriculture

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, 1848.
Secondary Sources:
Lincoln, Waldo, comp. Genealogy of the Waldo Family. Worcester, MA: Press of Charles Hamilton, 1902.

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