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Leman Church

June 24, 1794
July 1849
Home Town:
Salisbury, CT
Later Residences:
North Canaan, CT
Biographical Notes:
Leman Church was the son of Nathaniel and Dorcas Church. After attending the Litchfield Law School, Church opened an office in North Canaan, CT and was known as one of the best criminal lawyers in the state. He was appointed the State's Attorney in 1833, succeeding his brother Samuel and held the office until 1838. During this time he was also appointed, along with Royal R. Hinman and Elisha Phelps, by the CT Legislature to revise the public statues of Connecticut. He died in Canaan, CT.
Additional Notes:
In 1824 Leman Church served on the Committee of Examination for the Litchfield County Court admissions to the bar.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
1816 in Litchfield County Court
State Posts:
State's Attorney (CT) 1833
State Representative (CT) 1835-1836

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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), 13.; Church, Leman. "Manuscript notes of lectures by Tapping Reeve and Jam

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1815, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society

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