John Brown Francis

May 31, 1791
August 9, 1864
Home Town:
Philadelphia, PA
Later Residences:
Warwick, RI
Ann Carter Francis (June 18, 1822)
Elizabeth Harrison Francis (May 22, 1832)
Biographical Notes:
John Brown Francis was the son of John and Abby [Brown] Francis. Francis served as a trustee of Brown for over twenty-nine years from 1828 to 1857 as well as Chancellor of the University from 1841 to 1854.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Brown University in 1808.

Profession / Service
Business; Political Office
Federal Posts:
U.S. Senator (RI) 1843-1844
Federal Committees:
Chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills from 1843-1844.
State Posts:
State Representative (RI) 1821-1829
State Senator (RI) 1831, 1842, 1845-1856
Governor (RI) 1833-1838

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.
Baldwin, Roger Sherman. "Notes on law taken from the lectures of the Honble. Tapping Reeve and James Gould, esquire … at the Litchfield Law School, 1812-1813." Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.; Ledger. "Journals of the B

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1813, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

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