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Justus Perry Wheeler

September 20, 1783
October 18, 1872
Nancy Culver Wheeler (May 15, 1814)
Biographical Notes:
Justus Perry Wheeler was the son of Justus and Sybil (Hill) Wheeler. He was one of four students to comprise the first graduating class of the University of Vermont in 1804. He attended the Litchfield Law School immediately after wards. There is currently no information known about his professional life once he left the Law School.

Wheeler married Nancy Culver and they had ten children.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Williams College for several years, but did not graduate. Graduated with the first class of University of Vermont in 1804.

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 County Bar Association Records, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Wheeler, Albert Gallatin, Jr., comp. The Genealogical and Encyclopedic History of the Wheeler Family in America. Boston, Mass.: American College of Genealogy, 1914.

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