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William Croghan, Jr.

January 2, 1794
September 22, 1850
Home Town:
Louisville, KY
Later Residences:
New Orleans, LA
Louisville, KY
Pittsburgh, PA
Mary O'Hara Croghan (January 28, 1823)
Biographical Notes:
William Croghan, Jr. was born at Locust Grove, his family's home six miles outside of Louisville, KY in 1794. His father had come to America serving as a British soldier prior to the Revolution but when the war broke out, he became a patriot. After the outbreak of the war, Croghan's father served with a Virginia militia unit. In 1784, he was commissioned to survey public lands in Kentucky where he remained and opened a land office in 1791. He later married Lucy Clark, sister of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The couple had eight children.

Locust Grove was a prosperous home and farm. Major Croghan and his wife owned 30 to 45 slaves. On November 9, 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark stopped at Locust Grove as they returned from their three year exploration of ...
"The Profession of Law, the road to honour and preferment- May its votaries in practice ever prove the preservers of peace and tranquility, and the defenders of our civil and political rights."
William Croghan - Toast at Tribute to Respect on September 2 1816

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Transylvania Seminary from 1809-1811 and Dickinson College in 1811.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Agriculture
Training with Other Lawyers:
He was a private student of Judge Thomas Cooper.

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.
Handwritten list by William Samuel Johnson, "Catalogue of the Students at Law in the school at Litchfield Conn. at & after Aug. 15th 1817..", Connecticut Historical Society, Johnson Family Papers, 1722-1863, Box - Johnson Papers; Catalogue of the Litchfie
"Litchfield, September 2 1816 Tribute of Respect," Connecticut Herald, vol XIII, iss. 49, 3, September 17, 1816.
Secondary Sources:
Samuel W. Thomas, "William Croghan, Jr. (1794-1850) A Prominent Pittsburgh Lawyer from Kentucky," The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, v. 51, # 3, July, 1968.

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