Thomas Kimberly Brace

October 16, 1779
June 14, 1860
Home Town:
Hartford, CT
Later Residences:
Hartford, CT
Lucy Lee Brace (August 25, 1807)
Emily Burnham Brace (July 31, 1838)
Biographical Notes:
Thomas K. Brace was the son of Jonathan Brace, a lawyer, judge and Congressman from Hartford, Connecticut. After attending the Litchfield Law School, Brace returned to Hartford and established the wholesale and commission firm Thomas K. Brace & Company, which acted as an agent for vessels sailing between Hartford and Boston. In 1810, Brace was an organizer and Director of the Hartford Fire Insurance Company. In 1819, he became involved in banking, serving as a founder, Director and Vice President of the Hartford Society for Savings and later as a Vice President for the Phoenix Bank, a Director of the United States Branch Bank, and a President of the Hartford County Savings Bank.

Brace's experiences in the mercantile and banking businesses led him to an interest in the insurance ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1801.

Profession / Service
Business; Insurance; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
1804 in the Litchfield County Court
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1831-1832
Local Posts:
Mayor (Hartford, CT) 1840-1843

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

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1802, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Brace, John Sherman. Brace Lineage. Elwell, 1927.

Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale with Annals of College History, Vol. 5. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1911.

Burnham, Roderick H. Genealogical Records of Thomas Burnham, the Emigrant. Hartford, CT: The Case, Lockwood and Brainard Co. Print, 1884.

Burt, Henry M. and Silas W. Burt. Early Days in New England. Life and Times of Henry Burt of Springfield and some of his Descendants. Springfield, MA: Clark W. Bryan Company, Printers, 1893.

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