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Robert Fairchild

January 19, 1775
July 11, 1835
Home Town:
Durham, CT
Later Residences:
Stratford, CT
Esther Brooks Fairchild (August 10, 1795)
Biographical Notes:
Robert Fairchild was the son of John and Martha (Allen) Fairchild. After attending the Litchfield Law School and getting married, Fairchild moved to Stratford, CT where he practiced law. He also had a long career in the state legislature. Fairchild also acted as a Fellow of the Yale College Corporation and was appointed the Marshall of Connecticut by President Monroe, a position he held until 1818. Fairchild participated in the Connecticut Constitutional Convention also in 1818. He died in Stratford, CT.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Yale College in 1794.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (CT)
Local Posts:
Chief Judge of the County Court (Fairfield County, CT) 1818-1826

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Blye, Eva J. Jessup Genealogy. Blue, 1966.; Ward, Douglas Whitney. The Ward Family Genealogy. D.W. Ward, 1985.; Orcutt, Rev. Samuel. A History of the old town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Vol. 1. Fairfield County Historical Society, 1886.; Bailey, B.D., Rev. Frederick W. Early Connecticut Marriages, Vol. 5. New Haven, CT: Bureau of American Ancestry, 1902.

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