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John Stark Edwards

August 23, 1777
February 22, 1813
Home Town:
New Haven, CT
Later Residences:
New Haven, CT
Mesopotamia, OH
Louisa Maria Morris Edwards Montgomery (February 28, 1807)
Biographical Notes:
John Stark Edwards was the son of Pierpont and Frances (Ogden) Edwards. He was admitted to the bar in New Haven, CT in March 1799 at the age of twenty-two. His father, Pierpont Edwards, was active in the Connecticut Land Company and was the proprietor of the township of Mesopotamia and he directed his son to go to Ohio and open the land to settlement. Consequently Edwards moved to Ohio in the summer of 1799 and was instrumental in the settling of that area. He returned to New Haven in the fall of 1799 to spend the winter but returned again to Ohio in 1800. In July of 1800, he was commissioned by Governor St. Clair (the first governor of the Northwest Territory from 1878-1802) as the Recorder of Trumbull County, OH and held that position until his death. Until 1804, he made his residence in ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1796.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
New Haven, CT in 1799
Local Posts:
Recorder (Trumbull County, OH) 1800-1813

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.
"Moothall Society Record Books." Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 3, Litchfield Historical Society.; Catalogue of The Litchfield Law School From 1798 to 1827 Inclusive (Litchfield, CT: S.S. Smith, 1828), 7.
Secondary Sources:
Historical Collections of the Mahoning Valley, Vol. 1. Youngstown, Ohio: The Mahoning Valley Historical Society, 1876.

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