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October 26, 1884
New York, NY
New York, NY
George Abeel was one of twelve children of Garret Byvace Abeel, the owner of an iron and hardware business, and his wife Catharine Marchalck Abeel. In 1822 George entered Columbia College (now Columbia University) and upon the completion of his studies enrolled in at the Litchfield Law School in 1823. After being admitted to the bar in 1826 he established a law practice in New York City. In 1832 he left his practice to take over his father's iron and hardware business with his brothers Alfred and John Howard Abeel.They named their firm Abeel Brothers, Iron Merchants. In 1840 he retired and traveled both at home as well as abroad. During his lifetime George was also a founder of the St. Nicholas Society and a Trustee of East River Savings Institution. He died on October 26, 1884 at the age of 84.
His obituary in the New York Times (October 28, 1884) stated that he died at his brother's home at 127 2nd Ave., studied the law but never practiced, and that he never married.
Years at LLS:
Entered Columbia College in 1822.
Admitted To Bar:
New York, NY in 1826; March 3, 1826 in Albany, NY; June 18, 1827 in New York, NY
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1823; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 19.
Whittemore, Henry, comp. Abeel & Allied Families. NY: 1899.
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