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Henry Judson Canfield

January 21, 1789
November 27, 1856
Home Town:
Sharon, CT
Later Residences:
Canfield, OH
Sally Ferris Canfield (April 7, 1825)
Biographical Notes:
Henry Judson Canfield was born on January 21, 1789 to Judson and Mabel Ruggles Canfield. His father was a Yale graduate, Connecticut State Representative, and Federal Judge.

Canfield followed his father's footsteps and attended Yale in 1806. A couple years later, he attended the Litchfield Law School. He was admitted to the Bar in Connecticut.

Henry moved to Canfield, Ohio (named for his father) in Mahoning County, to oversee his father's property. He was admitted to the bar in Warren, Ohio and practiced law. He eventually was elected as Clerk pro tem of the Court of Common Pleas. On April 7, 1825, he married Sally Ferris.

Although he was a practicing lawyer, Canfield became engaged as a farmer. He wrote about animal husbandry and published a book called, ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1806.

Profession / Service
Agriculture; Land Surveyor; Lawyer
Admitted To Bar:
1810 in Litchfield County Court
Political Party:
Local Posts:
Clerk Pro Term in the Court of Common Pleas (Mahoning County, OH)

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 Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, 7.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with the Annals of the College History, Vol. 6 New Haven: Yale University Press.1912.

Kilbourne, Dwight C. The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut 1709-1909. Litchfield, CT: Published by the Author, 1909.

Kilbourne, Payne Kenyon. A Biographical History of the County of Litchfield, Connecticut. New York: Clark, Austin & Co., 1851.

Williams, H. Z. & Bros., History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties:
with illustrations and biographical sketches
, Volume 1, H. Z. Williams, 1882

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