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John Cravath May Winship

January 7, 1789
Home Town:
Boston, MA
Later Residences:
Rapides, LA
Biographical Notes:
John Cravath May Winship was the son of Dr. Amos and Elizabeth (May) Winship. However, by 1804, he was under the guardianship of Perrin May, a merchant in Boston, MA. His sisters were under the guardianship of William Brown, Jr., another merchant of Boston, MA.

After attending the Law School, Winship moved to Rapides, Louisiana and began a law practice. He died just a few years later.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Entered Boston Public Latin School in Boston, MA at the age of twelve and graduated from Harvard College in 1809.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
1811 in Litchfield County Court

Related Objects and Documents
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, 1810, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

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

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