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EDWIN C. LITCHFIELD, Esq., son of Hon. Elisha Litchfield, was born in Delphi, Onondaga County, New York, in the year 1815. His academical education was at the Seminary in Cazenovia during 1827-30. He graduated at Hamilton College in 1832; studied law in Hudson, New York, and commenced practice in West Troy; then removed to Albany, and subsequently practiced in New York until about 1852. He was successful in his profession, but at a comparatively early period gave up the practice, and entered largely into the construction and management of western railroads and the purchase of real estate, thereby acquiring a large fortune. He married Miss Grace, daughter of Hon. Thomas Hubbard, of Utica. He has been a liberal patron of institutions of learning, among which is Cazenovia Seminary. He founded the astronomical observatory at Hamilton College, known as the "Litchfield Observatory," and liberally endowed the same. For the last twenty years he has resided in Brooklyn; and has retired from active public business, giving his time to the care of his large property. Mr. Litchfield holds a high and honorable position in public estimation. His name commands the highest respect in Cazenovia. The Seminary will never cease to remember him with deepest gratitude for his gift to its very valuable library, besides other material aid rendered at various times. The honorary title of LL.D. was some years ago conferred on him by Hamilton College.
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