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Lawyer

Henry Hitchcock, American lawyer. Served major and judge advocate on staff General Sherman on March to Sea, and South Carolina. and North Carolina campaigns.

Background

Born in Spring Hill, near Mobile, Alabama, he was the great-grandson of Ethan Allen. His father, also named Henry Hitchcock, was born in Burlington, Vermont, and was named Secretary of the Territory of Alabama, and later was successively Attorney General and Chief Justice of the State of Alabama.

Education

Father died 1839; family moved to Nashville. Graduate University of Tennessee, 1846, Yale, 1848 (Doctor of Laws, 1875). Taught in Worcester (Massachusetts) High School.

Admitted to bar, St. Louis, September, 1851.

Career

He studied law in the office of Willis Hall, Corporation Counsel of New York City, and the office of William F. Cooper, who later became a Justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. He settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was admitted to the bar. He was active in opposing slavery, and took part in the provisional Missouri state government during the Civil War.

He entered the army and served as Judge Advocate on the personal staff of General Sherman, and was present on Sherman's March to the Sea. Excerpts from Hitchcock's letters and diaries of this period were published and are historically significant. He became the twelfth president of the association in 1889.

Achievements

  • An early president of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Hitchcock was a co-founder of the American Bar Association in 1878.

Membership

Served major and judge advocate on staff General Sherman on March to Sea, and South Carolina. and North Carolina campaigns.

Connections

Married Mary, d.

father:
Henry H. Hitchcock

spouse:
Mary