No image available

Russel Jarvis

April 17, 1853
Home Town:
Boston, MA
Later Residences:
Claremont, NH
Philadelphia, PA
Washington, District of Columbia
New York, NY
Caroline Dana Jarvis (unknown)
Eliza Cordis Jarvis (November 1824)
Biographical Notes:
Russel Jarvis was the son of Samuel Gardner and Prudence (David) Jarvis. When Jarvis was only a small child, his father moved the whole family to his estate at Glen Park in Claremont, NH.

Despite Jarvis' legal education, his interests lay more with journalism and language. Jarvis was an accomplished linguist and philologist. However, Jarvis returned to Claremont, NH and began a legal practice.

Jarvis and his first wife, Caroline Dana, had one daughter. After his first wife's death around 1823, Jarvis moved to Boston, MA. From 1823 to 1828, he practiced law in Boston and also remarried while working there. He lost both his second wife and their two daughters in the burning of the steamboat "Lexington" in Long Island Sound in 1840.

Jarvis then became a proprietor ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Entered Dartmouth College as a sophomore and graduated with honors in 1810.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Editor; Business; Other

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.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Jarvis, George Atwater, et al. The Jarvis Family; or, The descendants of the first settlers of the name in Massachusetts and Long Island. Press of the Case, 1879.
Chapman, Rev. George T. Sketches of Alumni Dartmouth College. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1867.

Contact Us
Do you have more information for the Ledger?
If you have family papers, objects, or any other details you would like to share, or if you would like to obtain a copy of an image for publication, please contact us.