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John Whitman

September 27, 1784
September 6, 1816
Home Town:
Barnstable, MA
Betsey Parker Whitman (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
John Whitman was the son of Dr. Jonas and Mercy (Goodspeed) Whitman. After attending Litchfield Law School, he returned to Barnstable, MA to practice law. His wife was the daughter of Isaiah and Sarah (Sturgis) Parker. Whitman died at the age of thirty-four and it was said that his death was "hastened by intemperate habits." He is buried in Barnstable, MA.

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Other Education:
Graduated from Harvard College in 1805.

Profession / Service

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Farnum, Charles Henry. History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, Massachusetts. New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor, 1889.

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