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Francis Hathorn Davidge

September 19, 1861
Home Town:
Later Residences:
Baltimore, MD
Washington, District of Columbia
Anna Maria Dorsey Davidge (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Francis Hathorn Davidge was the son of Dr. John Beal and Wihelmina (Stewart) Davidge. His father was a prominent doctor who was one of the three founders of the College of Medicine of Maryland and chartered the first medical department at the University of Maryland. After studying in England, Davidge returned to the United States to attend the Litchfield Law School. He never practiced law and spent his life pursuing literature and journalism. While in Baltimore he worked as the Editor of the Baltimore American newspaper.

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Other Education:
Graduated from Cambridge University in England.

Profession / Service
Editor; Journalist

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), 13.

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