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Charles Aiken

March 2, 1802
May 5, 1894
Home Town:
Bedford, NH
Later Residences:
Wrights, CA
Adeline Willey Aiken (May 2, 1839)
Biographical Notes:
Charles Aiken was born in 1802 in Bedford, New Hampshire to Phineas and Elizabeth Patterson Aiken. The son of a politician, Charles was sent to study at Exeter in 1825, and then attended the Litchfield Law School in 1832. In 1839 Charles married Adeline Willey. They settled in Wrights, CA where Charles carried on a long law practice. In 1894, at the age of ninety-two, Charles Aiken passed away.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Exeter in 1825.

Profession / Service

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
History of Bedford New Hampshire From 1737. Concord, NH: The Rumford Printing Company, 1903.

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