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David Sherman Boardman

Other Name:
David S. Boardman
December 8, 1768
December 2, 1864
Home Town:
New Milford, CT
Later Residences:
New Milford, CT
Charlotte Taylor Boardman (May 18, 1806)
Biographical Notes:
David Sherman Boardman was the youngest child of Captain Sherman Boardman and Sarah Bostwick Boardman. Boardman was often ill as a child and was unable to walk to town to attend school. Consequently, he first boarded and studied with Colonel William Taylor, a recent Yale graduate, and then studied with Rev. Stanley Griswold. Boardman was admitted to Yale in his junior year. After a single term he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated in 1793 after only two years. After attending the Litchfield Law School the same year, Boardman returned to New Milford, Connecticut to open a law office and helped to found the New Milford Union Library in 1796.

Boardman had an impressive legal and political career. From 1805 to 1821 he served as the Judge of Probate for New Milford. In 1808, ...
"If I mistake not, you first took your
station in Court as Clerk on the very day I
entered my name as a student at law in
Judge Reeve=s office_ "
Boardman, David Sherman to Wolcott, Frederick, 1836 June 13. Wolcott Family Collection, Series 1, Folder 6. Litchfield Historical Society Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1793.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1812-1829
Local Posts:
Judge of Probate (New Milford, CT) 1805-1821
Chief Judge of the County Court (Litchfield County, CT) 1831-1836

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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.
Boardman, David Sherman to Wolcott, Frederick, 1836 June 13. Wolcott Family Collection, Series 1, Folder 6. 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. 5. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1911.

Goldthwaite, Charlotte. Boardman Genealogy, 1525-1895. Anundsen Pub. Co., 1988.

Orcutt, Samuel. History of the town of New Milford and Bridgewater, Connecticut, 1703-1882. Hartford, CT: Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company, 1882.

Schroeder, D.D., John Frederick. Memoir of the Life and Character of Mrs. Mary Anna Boardman. New Haven, 1849.

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