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Peter Louis Cantelou

June 7, 1828
Home Town:
Lunenburg County, VA
Later Residences:
Augusta, GA
Biographical Notes:
Peter Louis Cantelou was the son of Louis Cantelou who was born in Paris, France and emigrated with his family to Virginia as a child. Louis served in the Revolutionary War and in 1784 married Alice Crymes, the daughter of Dr. George and Mildred Bellamy (Killigrew) Crymes of Lunenburg County, VA. His mother was said to have been courted by George Washington. His father moved to Augusta, GA in 1797 and amassed a fortune as a merchant and cotton broker. Peter Louis was born in Lunenburg County, VA in 1789. In 1809 the family moved to its plantation "Bellair" in Edgefield District, SC leaving Peter Louis and his brother at school in Augusta, GA. While a student at the law school, Peter Louis was described by fellow student Roger S. Baldwin as "milk & water." After attending the law school, Peter ...

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Business; Political Office
Local Posts:
City Council (Augusta, GA) 1819-1820
Justice of the Inferior Court (Richmond County, GA) 1821-1823
Alderman (Augusta, GA) 1826

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.
Baldwin, Roger Sherman. "Notes on law taken from the lectures of the Honble. Tapping Reeve and James Gould, esquire … at the Litchfield Law School, 1812-1813." Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Litchfield Historical Society.; Catalogue of
Secondary Sources:
McLeod, Stephan A. The House of Cantelou & Co.: The Story of A Southern Family. Tallahasse, FL: Private Printing, 1995.

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