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Moses McCure Seymour

July 13, 1814
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Painesville, OH
Maria Aiken Seymour (December 31, 1837)
Biographical Notes:
On July 13, 1814 Moses McCure Seymour was born to Moses and Mabel Strong Seymour of Litchfield, Connecticut. In 1831 Moses, like his mother and siblings, attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in his hometown. According to an obituary in the Painesville, OH Telegraph, he relocated to Painesville, OH in 1836. His brother John Seymour and brother-in-law Stanley Lockwood, had arrived there a year earlier. On December 31, 1837 he married Maria Aiken, daughter of a judge. Moses served the local community as a doctor. He removed to Chardon for a time to continue his practice there, returning to Painesville in 1851 having retired from practicing medicine. He served as postmaster, a position for which he was twice commissioned, once by President Lincoln and once by President Johnson. He passed away in 1896.
"Of him the Hon. A. G. Riddle, a life-long friend, once wrote: " Dr. Seymour is a man of decided opinions which he fearlessly expresses, and has great force of character. A man of superior intelligence, indifferent to his enemies, warm and steady in his friendships, of unquestionable integrity, and a resolute champion of the causes he supports. Mrs. Seymour, his wife, was a gifted woman and her death in 1869 produced profound sorrow in Painesville and Chardon."
Painesville Telegraph April 15, 1896 page 3
Additional Notes:
His paternal grandfather Major Moses Seymour was a subscriber to the Litchfield Female Academy in 1798.

Years at LFA:

Profession / Service
Doctor; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
1831 in Litchfield County Court

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.
1831 Litchfield Female Academy Winter Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).
Secondary Sources:
Jacobus, Donald Lines, et al. A History of the Seymour Family. New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor Co., 1939.

Painesville Telegraph, April 15, 1896, page 3 accessed via Find-A-Grave at

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