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Bradford Ripley Wood

September 3, 1800
September 26, 1889
Home Town:
Westport, CT
Later Residences:
Albany, NY
Elizabeth Clark Wood (August 24, 1834)
Biographical Notes:
Bradford Ripley Wood was the son of Samuel and Rebecca Lyon Wood of Westport, Connecticut. As a child Bradford attended the common schools in the area of his hometown and was graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1824. He then began teaching and lecturing, and continued on to Litchfield, Connecticut where he studied law. After being admitted to the bar in 1827 he began his legal career in Albany, New York.

On May 29, 1827 Bradford was made Solicitor in the Court of Chancery of New York State and on June 6, 1830 was promoted to the position of Chancellor of the same court. In 1835 he became Counselor in the New York Supreme Court and ten years later held the same position in the United States Supreme Court.

As his political career moved ahead Bradford was ...
Additional Notes:
Bradford Ripley Wood is buried in the Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany County, New York.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Union College in 1824.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Political Party:
Democrat; Republican
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (NY) 1845-1847
U.S. Minister to Denmark (Denmark) 1861-1865
Chancellor of the U.S. Supreme Court 1845
State Posts:
Chancellor of the Court of the Chancery (NY) 1830-1835
Solicitor in the Court of Chancery (NY) 1827-1830
Counselor of the Supreme Court (NY) 1835-1845
State Committees:
Member of the Albany County board of supervisors in 1844.
Benevolent and Charitable Organizations:
President of the Young Men's Temperance Society in 1851.
Trustee of Union College, Williams College, and the Albany Law School.
Vice-President of the Albany Medical College.
Vice-President of the American Home Missionary Society.

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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.
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