Henry Hitchcock (Missouri lawyer)
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. His brother, Ethan Hitchcock, was Secretary of the Interior under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt.
Young Henry attended the University of Nashville and Yale University. 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 in 1927 by Yale University Press and are historically significant.
An early president of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Hitchcock was a co-founder of the American Bar Association in 1878. He became the twelfth president of the association in 1889. Hitchcock was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1882.
- Bar Association of St. Louis, Memorial. Henry Hitchcock, 1829-1902, 1902.
- Walter B. Stevens, Centennial History of Missouri, St. Louis: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1921, Vol. II, pp. 164-165.
Notes and references
- Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Academical Year ending in June, 1902 (PDF), 5th, New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1902, pp. 135–8, retrieved 19 August 2013
- Hitchcock, Henry (1995). Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (ed.). Marching with Sherman: Passages from the Letters and Campaign Diaries of Henry Hitchcock, Major and Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers, November 1864-May 1865. U. of Nebraska Press. p. iv; pbk reprint of 1927 original, Yale U. Press
- "BAMSL History". Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
- American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
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