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Samuel Cheever

November 22, 1787
September 25, 1874
Home Town:
North Brookfield,
Later Residences:
Salem, NY
Troy, NY
Albany, NY
Julia Jones Cheever (1818)
Biographical Notes:
Samuel Cheever was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Cheever. His father was a farmer, and Samuel worked on the farm until he was 21. After attending the Litchfield Law School, he pursed an extensive legal career. Cheever worked as a lawyer in Salem, NY, Troy, NY and Albany, NY. Cheever was also named the Commissioner of the Boston and Albany Railroad and was a practical surveyor. He served as president of the state Agricultural Society; as a commissioner appointed to lay out the city of Brooklyn; State Canal Commissioner. He died in Waterford, NY at the age of 87.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office; Business
State Posts:
District Attorney for Rensselaer County (NY)
Local Posts:
Judge of the County Court (Albany, NY)

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.
Baldwin, Roger Sherman. "Notes on law taken from the lectures of the Honble. Tapping Reeve and James Gould, esquire … at the Litchfield Law School, 1812-1813." Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.; Bond, William Key. "Lecture"

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1812, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
The National Cyclpaedia of American Biography, Vol 2. New York: James T. White and Company, 1892.

History of Saratoga County, New York, with Illustrations Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers
by Sylvester, Nathaniel Bartlett, 1825-1894 accessed at

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