Generic_male
No image available

Joseph Lee Smith


Gender:
Male
Born:
May 28, 1776
Died:
May 25, 1846
Home Town:
New Britain, CT
Later Residences:
St. Augustine, FL
Marriage(s):
Frances Kirby Smith (1804)
Biographical Notes:
Joseph Lee Smith was the son of Elnathan and Chloe (Lee) Smith. His father was a wealthy merchant in New Britain, CT. After attending the Litchfield Law School, Smith worked as a lawyer in Litchfield, CT. His wife was the daughter of Major Ephriam Kirby of Litchfield, CT.

In 1807, Smith was the principal speaker at a festival in Litchfield. During the War of 1812, he had an active military career. He became a Major of the 25th Infantry on May 12, 1812 and on March 12, 1813 became the Lieutenant Colonel of the 24th Regiment. His regiment later disbanded on June 1, 1821.

In 1821, Smith moved by himself to St. Augustine, FL (the territory had become a U.S. possession in 1819). He then returned to Connecticut for his family in 1822 and brought them with him to Florida. His wife ...
[more]
Additional Notes:
His son, General Edmund Kirby-Smith, was the last Confedrate General to surrender after the Civil War ended and was the last surviving general on either side of the Civil War.

Education
Years at LLS:
1800
Other Education:
He attended Yale College.

Profession / Service
Profession:
Lawyer; Military; Political Office
Federal Posts:
Judge for the U.S. Eastern District of the FL Territory (FL Territory) 1821
Judge of the U.S. Superior Court in the FL Territory (FL Territory) 1822-1827


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 County Bar Association Records, 1800, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 4.

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.