Edward Sherman Gould

May 11, 1805
February 21, 1885
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Mary Elizabeth Gould (17 Jun 1833)
Biographical Notes:
Edward Sherman Gould was the son of educator and lawyer James Gould and his wife Sally Tracy Gould. Born in Litchfield, Connecticut on May 11, 1805, Edward received his early education at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in 1818 and 1819. He and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Gould, later lived in New York where Edward worked as a merchant and freelance writer and critic. Little else is known about his life until his death in 1885.

Years at LFA:

Profession / Service
Business; Arts

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.
"Catalogue of the Ladies Academy in Litchfiedl" 1818 by J.A. Shepard (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collectoin).

1819 Litchfield Female Academy Winter Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).

A student wrote an inscription and signed their name "E.S. Gould" in Jane R. Lewis's album that she kept while attending the Female Academy - this student is likely Edward Sherman Gould (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

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