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Henry William Dwight

February 26, 1788
February 21, 1845
Home Town:
Stockbridge, MA
Later Residences:
Frances Fowler Dwight (November 10, 1824)
Biographical Notes:
Henry William Dwight was the son of Henry William and Abigail (Welles) Dwight. He was born the first of three sons. His father died when he was only a child. After being admitted to the bar, Dwight's legal career was interrupted by the War of 1812. He served as an aide-de-camp to General Whiton. After the war, Dwight began a political career. He married Frances Fowler, the daughter of Hon. Samuel and Jemima (Lyman) Fowler. While serving as the Chairman of the Commission for Indian Affairs in Congress, Dwight supported the bill to move the Indians west of the Mississippi River. He died in New York City, NY.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Williams College.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Political Party:
Federalist; Adams; Anti-Jacksonian
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (MA) 1821-1831
Federal Committees:
Chairman of the Commission for Indian Affairs.
State Posts:
State Representative (MA) 1818-1820, 1834-1836

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.
Ledger. "Journals of the Barr - Litchfield County." Litchfield Historical Society.; Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Tiffany, Case and Company, 1849), 8.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1809, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Dwight, Benjamin W. The History of the Descendants of John Dwight, Vol. 2. NY: John Trow & Sons Printers, 1874.

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