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Joshua Folsom

January 29, 1785
December 15, 1840
Home Town:
Deering, NH
Later Residences:
Circleville, OH
Zainesfield, OH
Catherine Hoffman Folsom (December 4, 1816)
Biographical Notes:
Joshua Folsom was the son of Joshua and Mary (Blackenbury) Folsom. He first read law with Robert Goodloe Harper of Baltimore, MD and then came to study at the Litchfield Law School. In 1812, he settled in Circleville, OH. Folsom worked as a lawyer until 1830 and then bought 1500 acres of land in Logon County, OH. He finally settled in Zainesfield, OH.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Dartmouth College but left in 1811 without graduating.

Profession / Service
Training with Other Lawyers:
He read the law with Robert Goodloe Harper of Baltimore, MD.

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.
Ledger. Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1793-1866, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library; Bond, William Key. Lectures on law by the Honable. Tapping Reeve and James Gould esquire at Litchfield, Connecticut, An. Dom: 1811 & 1812 Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University; Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Tiffany, Case and Company, 1849), 9.
Secondary Sources:
Folsom, Elizabeth Knowles. Genealogy of the Folsom Family. Tuttle Publishing Company, 1938.

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