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Thomas Lawrence Wells

June 30, 1886
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Julia Beach Lawrence Wells (December 3, 1831)
Biographical Notes:
Thomas Lawrence Wells graduated from Columbia College before attending the Law School. After completing his studies he returned to New York City and opened a law office with Gerrit Van Wagenan, who had also graduated from the Litchfield Law School in 1823. Their firm, Wells & Van Wagenan, lasted for over seventeen years. In addition, Wells acted as a trustee for Columbia College for over twenty-two years between 1837 and 1859. He died at his wife's family home "Elm Farm" in New Brunswick, NJ.
Additional Notes:
Wells' wife, Julia Beach Lawrence's brother, William Beach Lawrence had attended the Litchfield Law School in 1819.

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Other Education:
Graduated from Columbia College in 1829.

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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.
Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1823.

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

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