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Thomas Dyer

January 21, 1773
September 21, 1861
Home Town:
Windham, CT
Later Residences:
Wilkesbarre, PA
Elizabeth Jackson Dyer (ca. 1823)
Biographical Notes:
Thomas Dyer was the second son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Ripley) Dyer. After attending the Litchfield Law School, Dyer moved to Wilkes-Barre, PA where he worked for several years as a school teacher. In 1802, he was admitted to the bar in Luzerne County, PA. He served as a trustee of the Wilkes-Barre Academy from 1807 to 1838 and as the President for seven years.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Luzerne County, PA in 1802, and Tioga County, PA in 1813
Local Posts:
Justice of the Peace (Wilkesbarre, PA) 1806-1851
Treasurer (Luzerne County, PA) 1811
Burgess of the Borough (Wilkesbarre, PA) 1820-1823

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 the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 4.
Secondary Sources:
Bradsky, H.C., ed. History of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, with Biographical Sketches. Chicago: S.B. Nelson & Co., Publishers, 1893.

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