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Frederick Whittlesey

June 12, 1799
September 19, 1851
Home Town:
New Preston, CT
Later Residences:
Utica, NY
Cooperstown, NY
Rochester, NY
Ann Hinsdale Whittlesey (September 24, 1825)
Biographical Notes:
Frederick Whittlesey was the grandson of prosperous Newington, CT farmer Eliphalet Whittlesey and the son of David and Martha (Pomeroy) Whittlesey. After completing his studies at the Law School, Whittlesey opened up his first legal practice in Cooperstown, NY. He later moved to Rochester, NY, where he lived for the rest of his life, and continued the practice of law. He married Ann Hinsdale in 1825 and they had nine children.

Whittlesey embarked on a political career at this time serving as the Treasure of Monroe County in 1829 and 1830. Immediately following, he was elected to the U.S. Congress from 1831 to 1835 as an Anti-Masonic candidate. While in Congress, he was the chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the War Department. Upon completing his term in Congress, Whittlesey ...
Additional Notes:
His home in Rochester, NY, now known as the Campbell-Whittlesey House, was owned by the Society for the Preservation of Landmarks in Western New York until July 2010 when the Society announced plans to sell the home to a private owner. The Society cited decreased visitation and the organizations shifting mission as evidence for this decision.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
At the age of ten he studied with the Rev. Dr. Backus of Bethlehem, CT, and also studied with several other tutors before attending Yale College where he graduated in 1818.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Educator; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Utica, NY in October 1821
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (NY) 1831-1835
Vice-Chancellor of the Eighth Judicial Circuit 1839-1847
Federal Committees:
Chairman of the Committee on Expeditures in the War Department from 1833-1834.
State Posts:
Judge of the Supreme Court (NY) 1847-1848
Vice-Chancellor of the 8th Judicial District (NY) 1839-1847
Local Posts:
Treasurer (Monroe County, NY) 1829-1830
Attorney for the City (Rochester, NY) 1838

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.

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