Charles Herman Ruggles

February 10, 1789
June 16, 1865
Home Town:
New Milford, CT
Later Residences:
Newburgh, NY
New York, NY
Biographical Notes:
Charles Herman Ruggles was the son of Lazarus and Hannah Ruggles. His nephes, Henry Joseph Ruggles, would later attend the Law School in 1832. After he left Litchfield, Ruggles was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in Kingston, NY.
He was a member from Sullivan and Ulster Counties of the New York State Assembly in 1820.

Ruggles was elected as a Federalist to the 17th United States Congress, and served from December 3, 1821, to March 3, 1823. He was Judge of the Second Circuit Court of New York from 1831 to 1846, and was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1846.

On June 7, 1847, he was elected one of the first judges of the New York Court of Appeals. On June 22, he drew a term of six years and a half and took office on July 5. He became ...

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Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (New York) 1821-1823
State Posts:
Judge Second Circuit Court (New York) 1831-1846
Judge Court of Appeals (New York) 1847-1855

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

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 5.

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