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James Booth, Jr.

November 27, 1789
March 20, 1855
Home Town:
New Castle, DE
Later Residences:
New Castle, DE
Hannah Rogers Booth (June 1, 1818)
Biographical Notes:
James Booth, Jr. was the son of Chief Justice James and Ann Clay Booth. Prior to attending the Litchfield Law school in 1810, James studied at Princeton. Following his education in Litchfield, he practied law in New Castle, Deleware where he married Hannah Wise Rogers in 1818. James followed in the footsteps of his father and served the State of Delaware as the Chief Justice from 1841 until 1845 . He died in New Castle on March 20, 1855.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1808.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
State Posts:
Chief Justice (DE) 1841-1855

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.
Bond, William Key Student Lecture Notes 1811-1812, Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum Joseph Downs Manuscript Collection No. 65x669.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1810, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, 9.

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