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George Smith Catlin

August 24, 1808
December 26, 1851
Home Town:
Harwinton, CT
Later Residences:
Windham, CT
Mary Tingley Catlin (1834)
Biographical Notes:
George Smith Catlin was the son of Lewis and Candace Catlin. He studied at the common schools and then Amherst College before attending the Litchfield Law School. Catlin was admitted to the bar in 1828 and practiced as a lawyer in Windham, CT until 1851. He served as the prosecuting attorney for Windham County from 1842 to 1843. In 1848 he lost a bid for Governor of CT.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Studied at Amherst College.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
1828 in Litchfield County Court
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (CT) 1843-1845
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1831, 1846
Secretary to the Governor (CT) 1831-1833
State Senator (CT) 1850
Local Posts:
Judge of the County Court (Windham County, CT) 1850-1851

Related Objects and Documents
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, 1848), 22.
Secondary Sources:
Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1927. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1928.; Baldwin, Charles Candee. The Candee Genealogy. Cleveland, Ohio, 1882.; White, Lorraine Cook. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records: Windham. Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002.

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