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Richard Ray Ward

November 17, 1795
December 9, 1873
Home Town:
New York, NY
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Gertrude Doughty Ward (November 3, 1835)
Biographical Notes:
Richard Ray Ward was the son of Samuel and Phebe (Greene) Ward. His father was an international merchant who traveled to China and acted as the president of the New York Marine Insurance Company. Ward practiced law in New York City for many years and was also a noted antiquarian. He was an honorary member of the Rhodes Island Historical Society from 1823 onwards.
Additional Notes:
Listed only as "Ward" on William Samuel Johnson's handwritten list at Connecticut Historical Society

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
New York, NY on October 31, 1818

Related Objects and Documents
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.
Houghton, Josiah. "LLS Law Notebook 1817-1818." Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 1, Litchfield Historical Society. Available online at

Handwritten list by William Samuel Johnson, Catalogue of the Students at Law in the school at Litchfield Conn. at & after Aug. 15th 1817, Connecticut Historical Society, Johnson Family Papers, 1722-1863, Box - Johnson Papers.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.

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