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Henry William Channing

August 5, 1788
January 24, 1866
Home Town:
New London, CT
Later Residences:
Albany, NY
New York, NY
Adeline Cook Channing (1827)
Biographical Notes:
Henry William Channing was the son of Rev. Henry Trevette Channing, a Yale graduate and lifelong minister, and (to Henry's wife) Sally McCurdy Channing. His mother died when he was only ten years old. After attending the Litchfield Law School, Channing moved to Albany, NY. Channing was then admitted to the New York City bar where he practiced as a lawyer. Channing served briefly as a Lieutenant during the War of 1812 and was severely wounded at the Battle of Sacket's Harbor, yet he did recover his health. He and his wife had three children, two of whom died in infancy. Channing worked as a lawyer in New York City for almost fifty years and died at the age of seventy-eight.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1807.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Military
Admitted To Bar:
New York, NY in 1811
Training with Other Lawyers:
He completed his legal education by working in the office of the Hon. Harmanus Bleecker.

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.
Leger. "Journals of the Barr - Litchfield County." Litchfield Historical Society.; Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Tiffany, Case and Company, 1849), 8.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1809, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

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