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Benjamin Swift

April 3, 1781
November 11, 1847
Home Town:
Amenia, NY
Later Residences:
Bennington, VT
Manchester, VT
St. Albans, VT
Biographical Notes:
Benjamin Swift was born in Amenia, New York. He moved with his father to Bennington, Vermont at the age of five. Swift completed preparatory studies and attended the Law School in 1801. He was admitted to the bar in 1806 and opened a law practice in Bennington, VT. Soon afterwards Swift moved to Manchester and then to St. Albans in 1809. He continued to practice law and also engaged in banking and agricultural pursuits.

He became active in politics, serving in the Vermont House of Representatives in 1813. He again served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1825 to 1827. He then served in the United States House of Representatives from Vermont from 1827 to 1831 and as a member of the United States Senate from Vermont from 1833 to 1839. While in Congress, Swift was a strong ...

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (VT) 1827-1831
U.S. Senator (VT) 1833-1839
State Posts:
State Representative (VT) 1813, 1825-1826

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.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1801, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

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

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