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Rufus Adams

May 6, 1774
December 21, 1840
Home Town:
Canterbury, CT
Joanna Byers Adams (November 26, 1807)
Biographical Notes:
Rufus Adams was the son of Nathan and Phebe Ensworth Adams. He attended Yale College in 1795 and then studied at the Litchfield Law School in 1796. Adams then launched a lengthy political career serving thirteen times in the Connecticut State House of Representatives between 1805 and 1827.

He married Joanna Byers of Springfield, Massachusetts on November 26, 1807. He died in Canterbury, Connecticut at the age of sixty-six.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Yale College in 1795.

Profession / Service
Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1805-1827

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.
Moothall Society Record Books, Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 3, Litchfield Historical Society Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

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