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Hiram Orlando Alden

February 9, 1800
April 15, 1882
Home Town:
Claremont, NH
Later Residences:
Huntsville, AL
Castine, ME
Belfast, ME
Emily Bingham Alden (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Hiram Orlando Alden was the son of Colonel Joseph Alden and Lucy Warner Alden. He was born in Claremont, New Hampshire. In 1819, Alden entered Dartmouth College but left in 1821 to attend Union College where he graduated in 1823. He then attended the Litchfield Law School in 1823 and 1824. He passed the bar in Hutsville, Alabama in 1824 and then again in 1826 in Castine, Maine. From 1827 until 1830 he served as the editor of the Waldo Democrat and Republican Journal. He also worked as the First Cashier of the Waldo Bank in 1834. He then settled in Belfast, Maine to practice law, and from 1836-1849 was the partner of the Hon. William Crosby. From 1830 to 1841, he also served as the Postmaster of Belfast. Alden retired from the law in 1849 and became the President of the Bank of Commerce in 1854, ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Dartmouth College from 1819 to 1821, and Union College from 1821 to 1823.

Profession / Service
Editor; Business; Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Alabama in 1824, and in Maine in 1826
Local Posts:
Postmaster (Belfast, ME) 1830-1841

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.
Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1823

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 19.
Secondary Sources:
Alden, M.D., Ebenezer. Memorial of the Descendants of Hon. John Alden. Randolph, MA: Samuel P. Brown, 1867;

Reid, James D. The Telegraph in America: Its Founders, Promoters, and Noted Men. Arno Press, 1974.

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