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Guy William Doan

August 7, 1788
February 4, 1862
Home Town:
New Milford, CT
Later Residences:
Circleville, OH
Charlotte Thrall Doan (February 14, 1821)
Biographical Notes:
William Guy Doan was the son of William and Diana (Noble) Doan. After attending the Litchfield Law School, Doan moved to Circleville, OH in 1816 and set up practice as a lawyer. From 1817 to 1818, he served as the editor and proprietor of the Olive Branch which was the first newspaper in the county. He was very active in the politics of Pickaway County, OH. Doan was a moderately successful lawyer until 1844 when he lost sight in his only remaining eye (he had earlier lost an eye at the age of fourteen.) He and his wife had ten children. He died in Circleville, OH.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Union College in 1813.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Editor; Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (OH) 1826-1827

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), 12.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1813, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
Doane, Alfred Alder, comp. The Doane Family. Boston, Mass.: Priv. Print, 1902

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