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John Dickinson Read


Gender:
Male
Born:
Baptized December 25, 1803
Died:
May 17, 1831
Home Town:
New Castle, DE
Biographical Notes:
John Dickinson Read came from a longstanding and prominent Delaware family. He was the great-grandson of John Read, a landholder of significance means who emigrated from Dublin, Ireland to the United States and was a founder of Charlestown, DE. His grandfather George Read was a member of the Continental Congress, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the sole author of Delaware's new Constitution after the American Revolution. His parents were George and Mary (Thompson) Read.

Read never married and died in New Castle, DE.

Education
Years at LLS:
1823
Other Education:
Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1821.

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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1923

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 19.

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