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Mary Pierce Twining

July 26, 1809
Home Town:
New Haven, CT
Biographical Notes:
Mary Pierce Twining of New Haven, Connecticut was born July 26, 1809. Her parent's, Stephen and Almira Catlin Twining, met in Litchfield, Connecticut. Her mother Almira Catlin attended the Litchfield Female Academy and her father Stephen Twining was a student at the Litchfield Law School. Following in her parent's footsteps, Mary studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in 1821 and 1822. Three years later her sister Helen also attended the school.

After completing her education, Mary returned to New Haven, Connecticut. For thirty-five years, she served as Treasurer of the New Haven Orphan Asylum. The Asylum was chartered by the state in 1833 for the protection and education of orphans, half-orphans, and homeless and destitute children of the town of New Haven. The organization was ...
Additional Notes:
It is plausible that Mary was given her first and middle name in honor of Mary Pierce of Litchfield who had helped sister Sarah operate the Litchfield Female Academy.

Years at LFA:

Profession / Service
Social Activist
Benevolent and Charitable Organizations:
New Haven Orphan Asylum

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.
1821 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog Summer Session (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

1822 Litchfield Female Academy Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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