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Charles Beecher

October 7, 1815
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Cincinnati, OH
Fort Wayne, IN
Newark, NJ
Georgetown, MA
Wysox, PA
Sarah Coffin Beecher (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Charles Beecher, son of Lyman Beecher and Roxana Foote Beecher, was born in Litchfield, Connecticut on October 17, 1815. In 1824 he attended the Litchfield Female Academy. He then spent time studying at the Boston Latin School and Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts. In 1834 Charles graduated from Bowdoin College and then attended the Lane Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio. While living in Ohio he taught music classes, and after becoming licensed to preach he became the minister at Second Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1840 Charles married Sarah Leland Coffin, and the couple had six children during their marriage. In 1851 the Beecher's left Fort Wayne, and moved east to Newark, New Jersey, where Charles preached at the First Free Presbyterian Church. In 1857 the Beecher's relocated ...

Years at LFA:
Other Education:
Boston Latin School
Lawrence Academy
Bowdoin College

Profession / Service
Religious Calling; Educator

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In the Ledger:
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.
1824 Litchfield Female Academy Winter Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).

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