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Timothy Childs, Jr.

January 2, 1791
November 8, 1847
Home Town:
Pittsfield, MA
Later Residences:
Monroe County, NY
Catherine Adams Childs (April 9, 1817)
Louisa S. (Dickinson) Childs (December 29, 1830)
Biographical Notes:
  Timothy Childs, Jr. was the son of Dr. Timothy and Rachel (Easton) Childs. His father was active politically and known as a leading patriot of Pittsfield during the Revolutionary War. Like many Litchfield Law School graduates, Childs, Jr. had active political and legal careers. From 1821 to 1831 he served as the prosecuting attorney for Monroe County, NY. He then began a political career on the state level. He died in Santa Cruz, New Mexico.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Williams College in 1811.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Political Party:
Whig; Anti-Jacksonian; Anti-Masonic
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (NY) 1829-1831, 1835-1839, 1841-1843
Federal Committees:
Chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department from 1837-1838.
State Posts:
State Representative (NY) 1828, 1833
Local Posts:
Prosecuting Attorney (Monroe County, NY) 1821-1831

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.
Ledger. "Journals of the Barr - Litchfield County." Litchfield Historical Society.; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 12.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1814, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society
Secondary Sources:
Some Finger Lakes NY Genealogy, Transcript of Marriages for 1817, retrieved October 4, 2013
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva Newspaper Index, entry Childs, Timothy, April 9, 1817, retrieved October 4, 2013
George Hobart Tucker, Abstracts from Norfolk City Marriage Bonds 1797-1850, 1934, page 122

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