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Thomas Denny

November 15, 1804
October 21, 1874
Home Town:
Leicester, MA
Later Residences:
Leicester, MA
Boston, MA
New York, NY
Sarah Tappan Denny (May 10, 1832)
Biographical Notes:
Thomas Denny was born Phinneas Sargent Denny but took the name of his older brother after his death in 1814. He was the son of a successful manufacturer of Leicester, MA and attended Leicester Academy before attending Harvard. He studied law in the office of the Hon. Bradford Sumner in Boston and then attended the Litchfield Law School. After passing the bar, Denny returned to Boston, MA and practiced law for a short time. He then moved to New York City, NY and became a merchant dealing in imported French goods. He later opened a Wall Street office as a banker and broker establishing the prominent banking house of Thomas Denny and Company. He died in New York City, NY.
Additional Notes:
Thomas was born with the name Phinneas Sargent Denny. Sometime in 1824/1825 he took the name Thomas after his deceased brother (Thomas Denny June 29, 1797-Septmember 12, 1814)

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended the Leicester Academy and graduated from Harvard College in 1823.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Business; Manufacturer
Admitted To Bar:
Litchfield, CT in 1828

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.
Woodruff, George Catlin. "LLS Notes." Litchfield Historical Society.; List of names in Laura Maria Wolcott Journal Feburary 26, 1827; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 21.

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