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Noyes Billings

March 31, 1800
April 24, 1865
Home Town:
Stonington, CT
Later Residences:
New London, CT
Isabella Stewart Billings (October 1825)
Biographical Notes:
Noyes Billings was born on March 31, 1800 in Stonington, Connecticut to Coddington Billings and Eunice Williams Billings. He graduated from Yale College in 1819 and studied at the Litchfield Law School in 1820. He never practiced law, but formed the whaling company N. & W. W. Billings in 1823 with his brother in New London, Connecticut.

Billings later pursued a political career, spending a year as the Mayor of New London from 1836 until 1837. He then served one year (1842-1843) in the Connecticut House of Representatives as the Speaker of the House followed by a year as a member of the Connecticut Senate. Billings went on to serve as the Lt. Governor of Connecticut from 1846-1847.

Billings married Isabella L. Stewart of New London, Connecticut in October of 1825. He died in New London on April 26, 1865.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1819.

Profession / Service
Other; Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1842-1843
State Senator (CT) 1844-1845
Lt. Governor (CT) 1846-1847
State Committees:
Speaker of the State House of Representatives.
Local Posts:
Mayor (New London, CT) 1836-1837

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, 17.
Secondary Sources:
Obituary Record of Graduate of Yale College: Deceased during the Academical year ending in July, 1865. Yale College, Association of the Alumni, 1865.

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