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Maria B. Coke

Home Town:
New Haven, CT
Biographical Notes:
Maria B. Coke attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1816. Her uncle was Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin. While attending Sarah Pierce's Female Academy, she boarded at Mrs. Smith's house in Litchfield.

Years at LFA:
Room and Board:
Boarded with Mrs. Smith

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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.
Letter, Eli Whitney to Frederick Wolcott, May 9, 1816 (Litchfield Historical Society - Wolcott Family Collection, 1740-1844).

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