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Count Charles Julius DeMenou

Other Name:
Count Charles Julius De Menou
Later Residences:
Baltimore, MD
Paris, France
Biographical Notes:
Count Charles Julius DeMenou was one of the few foreign students to attend the Law School. His uncle was George Debrigny of Annapolis, MD and DeMenou entered St. John's at Annapolis, MD on July 31, 1796. He graduated from St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, MD in 1806 and then attended the Law School. DeMenou was admitted to the bar in Maryland on May 23, 1809. In 1843, DeMenou lived in Baltimore, MD and by 1856 he was residing in Paris, France. From a letter to Samuel Fisher from the French Ambassador's office in 1941, "Comte Charles de Menou was Charge d' Affaires of the French Kingdom to the United States from May 1822 to August 4, 1824 when he was replaced by Baron de Mareuil, who came as minister Plenipotentiary."
"I believe it is the wish of Mr. de Neuville that Count de Menou should remain here some time as chargé d’affaires, and perhaps eventually to succeed him. The Count desires it very much himself, and I believe no person more acceptable to the government could be sent. I understand that the President will write to you on this subject. I believe we are principally indebted for the commercial convention to the friendly disposition of Mr. de N. for this country. He has certainly had the arrangement of the difficulty much at heart, and I hope will continue to interpose his good offices to render permanent the provisional arrangement, with such modifications as experience may render necessary. If you can consistently with propriety further the views of those gentlemen upon this occasion, you will ...
Additional Notes:
Catharine Beecher "Reminiscences" Autobiog. of Lyman Beecher, vol. 1, p. 166 "When Mrs. Stowe was at Paris, she was repeatedly visited by an aged French gentleman, Count _____, who in youth had spent some years at Litchfield as a student at the law school. His family was exiled in the first Revolution, and he had been placed there to be educated at the bar. Although since his return he had moved in the highest circles, yet, in conversation with Mrs. Stowe, he dwelt with enthusiasm on the society of Litchfield, which he declared was the most charming in the world."

DeMenou was credited with returning the Charles WIlson Peale portrait of George Washington to the United States:

"The National Gallery owns the full-length portrait of Washington, by Charles Willson Peale, which ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, MD in 1806.

Profession / Service
Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Litchfield County Court in 1809; Maryland on May 23, 1809
Federal Posts:
Secretary of Legation in Paris, France (France)
Charge d'Affaires in Paris, France (France) 822-1824, 1827-1830

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 7.

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