William Turell Andrews

December 24, 1794
November 24, 1879
Home Town:
Boston, MA
Fanny Reynolds Andrews (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
William Turell Andrews was the son of Ebenezer Andrews and Hermione Weld. Andrews was only thirteen when he was admitted to Harvard College, and is noted as the youngest student accepted to the institution in the nineteenth century. During his time at Harvard he was reportedly punished for absence from prayers and lectures and fined for being dressed out of uniform. He ultimately received his A.B. from Harvard in 1812 and his A.M. in 1815. He attended the Litchfield Law School in 1812, and proceeded to pursue a law career. After practicing as a lawyer for some years with Thomas Wetmore, Andrews left the practice of law to study the classics. Ultimately, Andrews created one of the largest private libraries in Boston, Massachusetts. He remained actively involved at Harvard College, and served ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Admitted to Harvard College in 1807 at the age of 13. He received his A.B. from Harvard in 1812 and his A.M. in 1815.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Business; Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (MA)

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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.
Baldwin, Roger Sherman. Notes on law taken from the lectures of the Honble. Tapping Reeve and James Gould, esquire … at the Litchfield Law School, 1812-1813. Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.

Journals of the Bar - Litchfield County. Litchfield Historical Society.; Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Tiffany, Case and Company, 1849), 10.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1812, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

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