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Dyre Castor

May 28, 1813
November 6, 1845
Later Residences:
Washington, District of Columbia
Biographical Notes:
Dyre Castor was the son of General Samuel and Hannah Dyre Castor. He attended the Litchfield Law School in 1825 and then settled in Washington, D.C. He practiced law there as well as serving as the personal secretary of Henry Clay. Castor was instrumental in raising funds to build the Washington Monument. He never married and died at the age of thirty-two.

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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.
Woodruff, George Catlin. "LLS Notes." Litchfield Historical Society; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 21.
Secondary Sources:
Castor, Henry A.J., comp. The Castor Family of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pa.: Martin & Allardyce, 1910.

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