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James Clarke Cooke


Gender:
Male
Born:
1792
Died:
February 20, 1827
Home Town:
Danbury, CT
Later Residences:
Montgomery, NY
Biographical Notes:
James Clarke Cooke was the son of Daniel Benedick Cooke, a Yale graduate and a Judge of Probate for Danbury (CT) District. After attending the law school, James settled as a lawyer in Montgomery, NY. He died at the age of 35 and left behind only a small estate of personal property worth less than $800.

Education
Years at LLS:
1813
Other Education:
Studied in preparation for Yale College with Rev. Ammi R. Robbins, and graduated from Yale in 1811.

Profession / Service
Profession:
Lawyer

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:
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.; Ledger. "Journals of the B

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1813, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

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