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Franklin Anderson

March 22, 1791
Home Town:
Montgomery County, MD
Later Residences:
Washington County, MD
Elizabeth Stirling Anderson (November 10, 1831)
Biographical Notes:
Franklin Anderson was the the son of Colonel Richard Anderson and Ann Wallace Anderson. Franklin attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1809 and then began his studies at the Lithfield Law School in 1813. Anderson was admitted to the bar in 1815, and was involved in a notable case in 1819. He served as the prosecutor in the case of Reverend Gruber, who was accused of instigating slaves to commit mutiny and treason. The lawyer who defended the case was Roger Taney, later justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Anderson lived in Washington County, Maryland for most of his life and married Elizabeth Stirling. He died at the age of fifty-three in 1866.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1809.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Agriculture
Admitted To Bar:

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.
Baldwin, Roger Sherman. Notes on law taken from the lectures of the Honble. Tapping Reeve and James Gould, esquire … at the Litchfield Law School, 1812-1813." Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 11.

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