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Welcome Arnold Burgess

August 10, 1801
August 28, 1828
Home Town:
Providence, RI
Later Residences:
Taunton, MA
Biographical Notes:
Welcome Arnold Burgess was the son of Tristam and Mary Arnold Burgess of Providence, Rhode Island. His father was an alumnus of Brown University and a prominent politician in Rhode Island. His mother was the daughter of his namesake, Welcome Arnold, a wealthy merchant of Providence. In 1820 Welcome, like his father, graduated from Brown University. The following year he began his three year study of the law at the Litchfield Law School. After completing his studies, Burgess practiced law in Tauton, Massachusetts until his death.

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Graduated from Brown University in 1820.

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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 7, 1822

Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1823

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, 18.

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