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Platt Hiram Crosby

Home Town:
Amenia, NY
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Lima, Peru
Eliza Rankin Thorne (unknown)
Mrs. Halliday Crosby (1818)
Biographical Notes:
Platt Hiram Crosby was the son of Dr. Cyrenius and Sally Sutherland Crosby. Crosby studied for college with the Rev. Azel Backus, a Yale graduate of 1787. In 1812 Crosby himself graduated from Yale and entered into the study of law at the Litchfield Law School the following year. Platt's sister, Julia Crosby, had attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield in 1811 and again in 1813 while her brother studied law. After completing his studies in Litchfield, Crosby was admitted to the bar in New York, NY where he practiced for about a year. A student of the Spanish language, Crosby emigrated to South America and continued to practice law while living in Peru. He also researched and wrote histories of South America, particularly related to Peru, the Incas, and Chile. Crosby later returned ...
Additional Notes:
Platt Hiram Crosby is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Studied in preparation for Yale College with Rev. Azel Backuus in Bethlehem, CT and graduated from Yale in 1812.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
New York, NY in 1817

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 12.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

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