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1830 or 1831
New York, NY
East Windsor, CT
Sarah Belknap Cooke (September 26, 1820)
Oliver was the son of Oliver Dudley and Sophia (Pratt) Cooke. His father worked as a bookseller and bookbinder and accumulated a large estate. Although Cooke studied at the law school, he worked primarly as a businessman rather than a lawyer. He was a dry good merchant in New York City. After marrying Sarah Belknap in 1820, the couple settled in East Windsor, CT.
Years at LLS:
Graduated from Middlebury College in 1815.
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 16.
Howard, Walter E. and Charles E. Prentiss. Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont and of others who have received degrees 1800 to 1900. Middlebury, VT: The Register Co., Print, 1901.
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