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Emma Cooper Porter

Other Name:
Emma E. Cooper; Emma Elizabeth Cooper
July 20, 1796
October 26, 1827
Home Town:
Washington, ME
Later Residences:
Machias, ME
Rufus King Porter (October 20, 1820)
Biographical Notes:
Emma Cooper Porter was born on July 20, 1796 to John Cooper and Elizabeth Savage Cooper in Washington, Maine. In 1819 she attended the Litchfield Female Academy. Shortly after completing her studies Emma married Rufus King Port of Biddeford, Maine on October 20, 1820. After their marriage the couple went on to have three children, and later lived in Machias, Maine. Emma died on October 26, 1827, only seven years after their marriage.

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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.
Emma wrote an inscription and signed her name in Jeannette Hart's 1819 Album (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

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