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Harriot Loomis Clark

Other Name:
Harriot Loomis
October 7, 1794
Home Town:
Torrington, CT
Later Residences:
Mexico, NY
Starr Clark (1816)
Biographical Notes:
Harriot Loomis Clark, daughter of Richard and Rachel Higbee Loomis of Torrington, Connecticut, may have studied at the Litchfield Female Academy in 1811. Five years later Harriot married Starr Clark of Utica, New York, and the couple relocated to Mexico, New York where Starr ran a local stove and tin shop. While residing in Mexico Harriot and her husband became active abolitionists. The tin shop that Starr owned and operated served as a stop on the underground railroad, and in 1838 the couple actively participated in a vigilance committee to help escaped slaves to Canada.

Years at LFA:

Profession / Service
Social Activist

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]

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