Henry Ward Beecher

June 24, 1813
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Cincinnati, OH
Brooklyn, NY
Lawrenceburg, IN
Indianapolis, IN
Eunice Bullard Beecher (1837)
Biographical Notes:
Henry Ward Beecher, son of the Reverend Lyman Beecher and Roxana Foote Beecher of Litchfield, Connecticut, attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in 1824. At the age of 13, Lyman moved his family to Boston, and Henry began attending the Mount Pleasant Institute in Amherst, Massachusetts. After completing his studies at Mount Pleasant, Henry began his studies at Amherst College, and graduated in 1832. Henry then joined his family in Cincinnati, Ohio where he began to prepare for the ministry at Lane Seminary. After completing his studies, he married Eunice Bullard, who he had met in Amherst, and the couple moved to Lawrenceburg, Indiana where Henry began his career and the couple began their family that would include 11 children. Two years after their move to Lawrenceburg, they relocated to ...
"Litchfield streets thronged with young gentlemen and ladies...filling the golden air with laughter or low converse which unlaughing then, made life musical forever after."
Regarding Litchfield at sunset
Emily Noyes Vanderpoel, Chronicles of a Pioneer School from 1792 to 1833, Being the History of Miss Sarah Pierce and Her Litchfield School (1903)

Years at LFA:
Other Education:
Attended Mount Pleasant Institute
Graduated from Amherst College in 1832

Profession / Service
Educator; Religious Calling

Related Objects and Documents
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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