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Cornelius Dubois (1810-1882)
April 4, 1810
May 5, 1882
West New-Brighton, Staten Island, NY
Mary Ann Delafield Dubois (6 Nov 1832)
Cornelius Dubois was the son of the successful merchant and tobacco agent Cornelius Dubois and his wife Sarah Platt Ogden. Dubois was one of five children and received his early education at Louis Baucel's French Boarding School. He graduated from Columbia in 1828 and after attending the Litchfield Law School in 1830 and after being admitted to the bar in New York City in 1833, he became the partner of Edgar Van Winkle for four years. Due to his father's desire for him to join his tobacco agency so he could soon retire, Dubois gave up his legal practice in 1836 and joined his father's mercantile firm. When his father retired in 1840, he and his father's business partner, Issac A. Storm formed a new partnership. Dubois would later take a new partner and the firm became knowns as Dubois and Vandervoot. ...[more]
On October 28, 1830 wrote to to Edgar Van Winkle about "an exhibition of the young ladies' Seminary in this place" where "there were several very handsome and interesting young demoiselles."
"I understand from Mrs. Reeves that all the marriageable young ladies have been married off, and that there is at present nothing but young fry in town, consequently that it will not be as gay as usual. The young ladies, she tells me, all marry law students, but it will take two or three years for the young crop to become fit for the harvest, you need apprehend no danger of my throwing up my bachlorship [sic]."
Years at LLS:
Graduated from Columbia in 1828
Admitted To Bar:
New York City 1833
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Letter, 28 October 1830, Cornelius DuBois to Edgar Van Winkle (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Law School Collection).
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