Andrew DeWitt Bruyn

November 18, 1790
July 27, 1838
Home Town:
Warwarsing, NY
Later Residences:
Ithaca, NY
Abigail Champlin Bruyn (January 1, 1818)
Biographical Notes:
  Andrew DeWitt Bruyn was the son of Jacobus and Jeneke DeWitt Bruyn of Wawarsing, New York. Bruyn attended Kingston Academy in Kingston, New York, and graduated from Princeton College in 1810.

  After studying law at Tapping Reeve's school in Litchfield, he was admitted to the bar in 1814. He started a practice in Ithaca, New York and was a Justice of the Peace in 1817. The same year, he was elected as first surrogate of Tompkins County, serving from 1817–1821. He served as member of the New York State Assembly in 1818.

  His local notoriety was great during this period and he was appointed trustee of Ithaca in 1821 and he served as president of the village in 1822. His candidacy for election to the New York State Senate in 1825 was unsuccessful. ...
"Virtue is the driver away of all vices."

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Princeton University, 1810.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (NY) 1837-1838
State Posts:
State Representative (NY) 1818
Local Posts:
Surrogate (Tompkins County, NY) 1817-1821
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas (Tompkins County, NY) 1826-1836

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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.
Bond, William Key. Lectures on law by the Honable. Tapping Reeve and James Gould esquire at Litchfield, Connecticut, An. Dom: 1811 & 1812 … Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, 10.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1811, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources: (Page 5)

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