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Elisha Dana Whittlesey

February 16, 1792
September 22, 1823
Home Town:
Danbury, CT
Later Residences:
Waterloo, NY
Danbury, CT
Biographical Notes:
Elisha Dana Whittlesey was the son of prominent Danbury lawyer Elisha Whittlesey and his wife Mary (Tucker) Whittlesey. Elisha Dana's father was a member of the Connecticut State Convention which ratified the U.S. Constitution in 1788.

After attending the Law School, Whittlesey practiced law in Waterloo, NY for many years. He later returned to his mother's home in Danbury where he died at the age of thirty-two.
Additional Notes:
Elisha Dana Whittlesey was the first cousin of Elisha Whittlesey, a prominent U.S. Congressman from Ohio who was also the first Comptroller of the Treasury.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Prepared for college by Alanson Hamlin of Danbury, CT and graduated from Yale College in 1811.

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.
Baldwin, Roger Sherman. Notes on law taken from the lectures of the Honble. Tapping Reeve and James Gould, esquire … at the Litchfield Law School, 1812-1813. Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.

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

Whittlesey, Elisha Dana, Lectures of Reeve and Gould, 1812, Harvard Law Library, Harvard University.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1813, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

Bartow, Evelyn Pierrepont. Bartow Genealogy. Innes, 1879.

Whittelsey, Charles Barney. Genealogy of the Whittelsey-Whittlesey Family. Hartford, CT: Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company, 1898.

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