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Harriet Whittlesey Condit

Other Name:
Harriet Whittlesey
May 12, 1794
Home Town:
Danbury, CT
Later Residences:
Robert Woodruff Condit (Dec. 21, 1820)
Biographical Notes:
Harriet Whittlesey Condit, daughter of Elisha and Mary Tucker Whittlesey of Danbury, Connecticut, was born May 12, 1794. Elisha, a 1779 graduate of Yale, lawyer, and politician demonstrated his value of education in sending his children to Litchfield, Connecticut to study. Harriet's brothers Thomas and Elisha both studied at the Litchfield Law School and Harriet is believed to have attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1808 and 1809. On December 21, 1820 she married Robert Woodruff Condit, a minister and educator from Hanover, New Jersey. After their marriage Harriet and Robert resided in New Jersey and had seven children.

Years at LFA:

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.]

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