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William Pitt Cleaveland

December 8, 1770
January 3, 1844
Home Town:
Canterbury, CT
Later Residences:
New London, CT
Mary Bacon Cleaveland (February 2, 1796)
Abby Richards Cleaveland (January 15, 1806)
Sophia Richards Cleaveland (1825)
Biographical Notes:
William Pitt Cleaveland was the son of Colonel Aaron and Thankful (Paine) Cleaveland. After attending the law school, Cleaveland settled in New London, CT around 1800. He married Mary Bacon, the sister of his law school class mate Asa Bacon. She died only five years later. He married again in 1806 to Abby Richards who died on January 10, 1824. Cleaveland then married Abby's sister, Sophia Richards in 1825. He served as President of the Union Bank of New London, CT from 1825 to 1835. He died in New London, CT.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1793.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office; Business
Local Posts:
Chief Judge of the County Court (New London County, CT) 1829-1832

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Cleveland, Edmund James & Horace G. The Genealogy of the Cleveland & Cleaveland Families. Hartford, CT: The Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company, 1899.; Caulkins, Frances Manwaring. History of New London, Connecticut. New London: H.D. Utley, 1895.

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