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Henry Booth Cowles

Other Name:
Henry B. Cowles
March 18, 1798
May 17, 1873
Home Town:
Hartford, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Biographical Notes:
Henry Booth Cowles was born into a prominent Farmington, CT family. His father Elias Cowles was a merchant in Litchfield, New York City, Hartford, and Rhinebeck, New York. Elias Cowles married Lydia Adams in 1774, the daughter of Andrew and Eunice Adams of Litchfield. After attending the Litchfield Law School, Henry Booth Cowles was admitted to the bar in Putnam County, NY and began a distinguished political and legal career in that state. In 1831 he established a legal practice in New York City and practiced there until his death.
Additional Notes:
Henry Cowles's residence is listed as "New York" on William Samuel Johnson's handwritten list at CHS.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Union College in 1816.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Putnam County, NY
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (NY) 1829-1831
State Posts:
State Representative (NY) 1826-1828

Related Objects and Documents
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.
Houghton, Josiah. "LLS Law Notebook 1817-1818." Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 1, Litchfield Historical Society. Available online at
Secondary Sources:
Cowles, Col. Calvin Duvall, comp. Genealogy of the Cowles Family in America. New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Morehouse & Tatlor Co., 1929.

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