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 Tapping Reeve

Tapping Reeve

Birth
Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Death 13 Dec 1823 (aged 79)
Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 29548706 · View Source
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Educator, Lawyer. He founded the first formal law school in America. In 1772, he set up a law practice in Litchfield, Connecticut, and the following year he commenced teaching law to his first student Aaron Burr, who also was his brother-in-law. Demand for his expertise increased to the point Reeve needed to construct a one room school house next to his home in 1784. This school became known as Litchfield Law School. He hired his former student James Gould in 1798 as his associate, and the two would command one of the most prestigious schools in the country until Reeve retired in 1820. Gould remained there until 1830, and the school closed in 1833. Among the other notable students of the school were Vice President John C. Calhoun, 101 United States Congressmen, 28 United States Senators, 6 Presidential Cabinet Members, 3 Justices of the United States Supreme Court, and 14 State Governors.

Bio by: Thomas J Fraser


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  • Originally Created by: Thomas J Fraser
  • Added: 3 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29548706
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tapping Reeve (1 Oct 1744–13 Dec 1823), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29548706, citing East Cemetery, Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .