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John Fine

August 26, 1794
January 4, 1867
Home Town:
New York, NY
Later Residences:
Ogdensburg, NY
Biographical Notes:
John Fine opened an office in Ogdensburgh, NY in 1815 with Louis Hasbrouck. They remained partners until Hasbrouck's death in 1834. Fine then embarked on a political and judicial career. In 1847 and 1849, he was nominated for the New York Supremem Court but he was defeated both times by Dankel Cady of Johnstown, NY. He received an honorary degree from Hamilton College in 1850. Fine also published a volume of lectures of the law prepared for his sons in 1852.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Received his Bachelors Degree from Columbia College in 1809 and his Masters Degree from Columbia in 1812.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied additionally with Peter W. Radcliff and G.W. Strong.
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (NY) 1839-1841
State Posts:
State Senator (NY) 1848
Local Posts:
Treasurer (St. Lawrence County, NY) 1821-1833
Judge of the County Court (St. Lawrence County, NY) 1823-1828

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 11.

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