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William White (1788-1826)

May 1, 1788
August 21, 1826
Home Town:
Havervill, MA
Later Residences:
Bennington, VT
Gorham, ME
Philadelphia, PA
Richmond, VA
Biographical Notes:
William White was the son of James and Eunice (Kingsbury) White. He taught school during the winters of his college years. From 1815 to 1817, he was the principal of an Academy in Gorham, ME and spent the following year as a tutor at his alma mater.

After leaving the Litchfield Law School in 1818, he began his legal practice in Bennington, VT. However his true interests lay as an educator rather than as a lawyer.

White moved to Philadelphia, PA in 1821 and taught in a classical school there for four years. During this time, he published an "Essay on Greek and Latin Pronounciation" and also served as the editor and proprietor of This Saturday's Magazine. He then moved to Richmond, VA where he worked as the principal of a Richmond, VA high school until his death. White never married and died of dysentery in Richmond, VA.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Prepared for college by the Rev. Gardner Kellogg of Bradford, VT and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1813.

Profession / Service
Educator; Lawyer; Editor

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, Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the Law Institution, Litchfield, Cont. Litchfield Law School collection, 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:
Chapman, Rev. George T. Sketches of the Alumni of Dartmouth College. Crambridge: Riverside Press, 1867.

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