William Thomas Carroll

March 2, 1802
July 13, 1863
Home Town:
Georgetown, VA
Later Residences:
Washington, District of Columbia
Biographical Notes:
William Thomas Carroll was the grandson of Charles Carroll III. His grandfather was educated in Europe, served in the Revolutionary War and was a U.S. Senator from Maryland. The Carroll family home was originally named "Bellevue" and became the famous "Dumbarton House" in Georgetown, VA. The Dumbarton House is presently the National Headquarters of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. After attending the Litchfield Law School, William became one of the first professors of law at Columbian College (now George Washington University) from 1826 to 1828. He then became a Clerk of the Supreme Court, a position in which he served until his death.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Mount St. Mary's College in 1823.

Profession / Service
Educator; Political Office
Federal Posts:
Clerk of U.S. Supreme Court

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), 20.
Secondary Sources:
Welling, James C. Brief Chronicles of the Columbian College from 1821 to 1873. R.H. Darley, printer, 1889.

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