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Ezekiel Woodruff

July 29, 1763
January 7, 1837
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Middletown, CT
Newark, Ontario Canada
Sarah Hall Woodruff (June 20, 1782)
Biographical Notes:
Born on July 29, 1763, Ezekiel Woodruff was the tenth of eleven children born to Nathaniel and Mary Kilbourn Woodruff. In 1779 Ezekiel graduated from Yale College. In 1799 he traveled to Litchfield, CT where he began a study of law under Tapping Reeve. Following his studies in Litchfield he moved to Middletown, CT where he began his legal career and also served as the Clerk for the City of Middletown from 1786-1789. In June of 1782 Ezekiel married Sarah Hall; the couple would have five sons and two daughters during their marriage. Thirteen years after his marriage Ezekiel moved his family to Newark, Upper Canada (now Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario) in 1795. He died at Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1837 at the age of seventy-four.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1779.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Local Posts:
Clerk for the City (Middletown, CT) 1786-1789

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, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 4. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1907.

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