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Henry Nicholas Cruger, Jr.

October 4, 1800
April 4, 1867
Home Town:
St. Croix, SC
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Saugerties, NY
Harriet Douglas Cruger (June 29, 1833)
Biographical Notes:
Henry Cruger, Jr. was the son of Nicholas and Ann Sarah (Trezevant) Heyward Cruger. His father was both a U.S. Congressman and Governor of South Carolina and a leader of the nullification effort. Cruger's sister, Catherine DeNully Cruger, married fellow Litchfield Law School student Bentley Hassell who died in 1836 leaving her a widow with two young sons that Cruger raised. He was admitted to the bar in South Carolina in 1824 and then practiced as a lawyer in New York City, NY. Cruger reflected his southern upbringing in his support of states rights. He and James Fenimore Cooper exchanged many letters on the subject. On Jun 29, 1833 he married Harriet Douglas of New York City, NY, the socialite daughter of George and Margaret (Corne) Douglas. His wife insisted he change his last name to Douglas ...
Additional Notes:
Information about the castle in Jordanville, NY -

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Columbia College in 1819 with his Bachelors Degree. He then graduated from Columbia College in 1823 with his Masters Degree.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
South Carolina in 1824

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.
Litchfield Eagle, October 7, 1822.; Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1823; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 18.
Secondary Sources:
Cruger, Douglas Wright, comp. The Cruger Families in America. Portland, Maine: 1989.

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