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John Alfred Foot

November 22, 1803
July 16, 1891
Home Town:
Chesire, CT
Later Residences:
Cleveland, OH
Frances Hitchcock Foot (October 6, 1826)
Mary Hemperly Cutter Foot (July 13, 1858)
Biographical Notes:
John Alfred Foot was the son of Governor Samuel Augustus and Eudocia (Hull) Foot. His father attended the Litchfield Law School in 1797 and was both a U.S. Senator and Congressman. His brother served in the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of admiral during the Civil War.

Foot attended Yale College and graduated in 1823 before attending the Litchfield Law School. He was a lawyer in New Haven for seven years before entering politics, serving to two terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives.

In 1833, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and became a law partner of Sherlock J. Andrews. Foot was elected to the Ohio legislature in 1837 as a Whig. In 1839 and 1840, he served as a city councilman before and in 1853, he was elected to the Ohio Senate. When the Republican party was ...
"Of the early settlers of Cleveland none were more generally known nor more highly respected by the present generation than he. In his vigorous old age he devoted his energies to the growth and advancement of Cleveland. He was always at the front in progressive movements, and he took an active interest in charitable and and educational work until the beginning of his last illness." -- Annals, Vol. 2-4 by the Early Settlers' Association of Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, OH.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1823.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
1825 in Litchfield County Court
State Posts:
State Representative (CT)
State Representative (OH) 1837
State Senator (OH) 1853
Local Posts:
City Council (Cleveland, OH) 1840

Related Objects and Documents
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, 1848), 20.
Secondary Sources:
Yale University. Obituary Record of Graduate of Yale University: deceased during the academic year ending in June, 1892. 1892.

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