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Almira Collins Giddings

Other Name:
Almira Collins
July 13, 1790
May 10, 1872
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
St. Louis, MO
Quincy, IL
Salmon Giddings (February 4, 1826)
Biographical Notes:
Almira Collins Giddings was born on July 13, 1790 to William Collins and Esther Morris Collins of Litchfield, Connecticut. It is believed that as a young woman she may have attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1805, and after completing her studies she taught art at the Female Academy in the 1820s. On February 4, 1826 she married Salmon Giddings in Collinsville, Illinois. After their marriage the couple resided in St. Louis, Missouri, where Salmon was a pastor at the First Presbyterian Church. In 1827 Almira and Salmon had a son, Frederick Salmon Giddings. The following year Salmon passed away. After Frederick received a law degree and established himself in the practice of law in Quincy, Illinois Almira resisted with her son until she passed away on May 10, 1872.
Additional Notes:
Almira's brother was the founder of Collinsville, Illinois.

Almira and Salmon's son was Frederick Salmon Giddings. He graduated from Illinois College in 1847 and then attended Yale Law School. After receiving his law degree and passing the bar he practiced law in St. Louis, Missouri, and then Quincy, Illinois. In Quincy he also served as the editor of the Quincy Whig until 1882 when he moved to Madison, Wisconsin.

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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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Giddings, Minot S. The Giddings Family. Hartford, CT: Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company, 1882.

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