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Walter S. Franklin

September 20, 1838
Home Town:
Lancaster, PA
Later Residences:
Sarah Buel Franklin (September 25, 1821)
Biographical Notes:
Franklin married Miss Buell of Litchfield, CT and two of their sons were General William B. Franklin and Admiral Samuel R. Franklin. He practiced law in his native town of Lancaster, PA until 1833 when he became the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Additional Notes:
George Younglove Cutler’s wrote in his “Journal”:
“Walter S. Franklin, Esq., says there was kissing done at Charlotte Landon’s wedding -- singular for so stiff & prudish a place as L.”

Emily Noyes Vanderpoel, Chronicles of a Pioneer School from 1792 to 1833: Being the History of Miss Sarah Pierce and her Litchfield School (1903) p.203.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Federal Posts:
Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives 1833-1838

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), 16.

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