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Sylvester Galpin

January 13, 1793
December 12, 1841
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Cynthia Smith Galpin (unknown)
Clarissa Smith Galpin (October 9, 1831)
Biographical Notes:
Sylvester Galpin, son of Litchfield, Connecticut lawyer and politician Amos Galpin and his wife sybil, was born January 13, 1793. Being a local resident, as well as having a sister who had attended, it is likely that he studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy as well. During his lifetime, Sylvester married twice. He and his first wife, Clarissa Smith, had three children during their marriage. After the death of his first wife Sylvester married Cynthia S. Smith. Little else is known about his life besides his death on December 12, 1841.

Years at LFA:

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.]

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