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July 7, 1782
September 1, 1851
Orangeburgh District, SC
John Myers Felder was the son of Judge Samuel and Mary (Myers) Felder. His father was active in the Revolution and led General Sumter to Orangeburgh, SC assisting in its capture. Near the end of the Revolution, Torries attacked his home, burned down his house and Felder was killed while attempting to escape. John Meyers was the eldest son and his father was killed not long after he was born. Felder attended the common schools while growing up and entered Yale in 1800. While at Yale, Felder was regarded as the best mathematician of his class and became good friends with classmate John C. Calhoun. After attending the Law School, Felder was admitted to the bar in Columbia, SC. He then embarked on an active political career. He was a member of the Democratic party for his whole political career. ...[more]
Years at LLS:
Graduated from Yale College in 1804.
Lawyer; Political Office; Agriculture; Business
Admitted To Bar:
Columbia, SC in 1808
U.S. Representative (SC) 1831-1835
State Representative (SC) 1812-1816, 1822-1823
State Senator (SC) 1816-1820, 1840-1851
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
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), 5.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1805, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
O'Neall, John Belton. Biographical Sketches of the Bench and Bar of South Carolina, Vol. 2. Charleston, SC: S.G. Courtenay & Co., 1859; Edgar, Walter B. Biographical Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatvies: 1791-1815, Vol. 4. University of South Carolina Press, 1984.; Bailey, N. Louis, et al. Biographical Directory of South Carolina Senate, Vol. 1. University of South Carolina Press, 1986.
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