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George William Clinton

September 7, 1885
Home Town:
New York, NY
Later Residences:
Canandaigua, NY
Buffalo, NY
Laura Spencer Clinton (May 17, 1832)
Biographical Notes:
  George William Clinton was the son of Governor DeWitt and Maria (Franklin) Clinton. He was educated at Pickett's School in New York City and when his father became governor, he entered the Albany Academy. Clinton went to Hamilton College at age 14 in 1821 and graduated in 1825. The next year he spent studying medicine with Dr. T. Romeyn Beck. However, the death of his father in 1828 altered his plans. Instead of medicine, he took up the study of law.   After attending the Litchfield Law School, he was admitted to the bar in New York CIty on May 12/13, 1831. He opened an office in Albany a few months later and in 1832 established a partnership with Matthew Henry Webster. By the end of that year, however, he announced a partnership in Canandaigua with John C. Spencer.
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Additional Notes:
   George W. Clinton George was an important War Democrat and Unionist who sided with President Abraham Lincoln. He made powerful speeches that held the New York Democratic Party Loyal to Abraham Lincoln and prosecution of the war.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Hamilton College in 1825
1826-1827 studied medicine with Dr. T. Romeyn Beck.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
New York on May 12 or 13, 1831
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
Commissioner for Loaning by the U.S. Deposit Fund (NY) 1837
Collector of Customs for Buffalo, NY (NY) 1838
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of NY (NY) 1847-1849
State Committees:
Member of the NY Constitutional Convention in 1867.
Local Posts:
Mayor (Buffalo, NY) 1842-1844
Judge of the Superior Court (Buffalo, NY) 1854-1870
Chief Judge of the Superior Court (Buffalo, NY) 1870-1877

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 23.

Secondary Sources: (pages 21-22)

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