Tapping Reeve

October 1744
August 28, 1823
Elizabeth Thompson Reeve (1799)
Sally Burr Reeve (1771 June 4)
Biographical Notes:
Tapping Reeve (1744-1823), an American jurist and founder of the Litchfield Law School, helped bring order to the law through systematic and integrated instruction. Tapping Reeve, the son of a Presbyterian minister, was born in Brookhaven, Long Island, in October 1744. He entered the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) at 15 and graduated first in his class in 1763. In 1771 Reeve left his post as tutor at Princeton to read law in the traditional way in a judge's office in Hartford, Conn. In a year he was admitted to the bar, and he moved to the remote village of Litchfield, Conn., to begin his practice. As his reputation grew, young prospective lawyers began to seek Reeve out to supervise their legal preparation. But he soon went beyond the usual procedures (which gave the clerks little or ...

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Educator

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Secondary Sources:
Reed, Alfred. Training for the Public Profession of the Law. Arno Press. 1921.

Dargo, George. Law in the New Republic. Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 1983.

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