No image available

Hezekiah Brainerd, Jr.

August 11, 1773
June 19, 1795
Later Residences:
Haddam, CT
Biographical Notes:
Hezekiah Brainerd, Jr. was the first of three children of Dr. Hezekiah and Elizabeth Johnson Brainerd (his father was famous for his smallpox inoculations). In 1793 Hezekiah graduated from Yale College, and while attending was noted among "the first scholars of his class." That same year he undertook the study of the law at the Litchfield Law School. Brainerd was never admitted to the bar however, and died two years after studying in Litchfield.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1793.

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:
Brainard, Lucy Abigail. The Genealogy of the Brainerd-Brainard Family in America. Hartford, Ct.: Hartford Press, 1908

Contact Us

Do you have more information for the Ledger?

If you have family papers, objects, or any other details you would like to share, or if you would like to obtain a copy of an image for publication, please contact us at