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November 24, 2021

Portrait Photos of Yale Law School’s Students in 1877

Yale Law School is the law school of Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut. Established in 1824, it has been the top-ranked law school in the United States by U.S. News & World Report every year since the magazine began publishing law school rankings in the 1980s.


Yale Law has produced a prominent figures in law and politics, including United States presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton and former U.S. secretary of state and presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Alumni also include current United States Supreme Court associate justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor and Brett Kavanaugh, as well as a number of former justices, including Abe Fortas, Potter Stewart and Byron White; several heads of state around the world, including Karl Carstens, the fifth president of Germany, Jose P. Laurel, the third president of the Republic of the Philippines; and Peter Mutharika, the immediate former president of Malawi; five current U.S. senators; the former governor of California and immediate former governor of Rhode Island and current United States Secretary of Commerce; and the current deans of three of the top fourteen-ranked law schools in the United States: Virginia, Cornell, and UCLA.

These amazing vintage photos from Ken that captured portraits of students of Yale Law School in 1877.

Francis Wayland III (1826-1904), dean of Yale Law School (1873-1903)

Jurist and law professor Simeon Eben Baldwin (1840-1927), an outstanding law professor for 50 years at the Yale Law School (1869-1919)

Albert Marion Tallmadge (1854-1905), Yale Law School, 1877

Alfred Newton Wheeler (1855-1937), Yale Law School, 1877

Alvin Driggs Ayres (1855-?), Yale Law School, 1877

Arthur Gordon Bill (1856-1935), Yale Law School, 1877

Charles George Root (1855-1928), Yale Law School, 1877

Charles Rowland Dudley (1853-1921), Yale Law School, 1877

Edward Henry Rogers (1854-1917), Yale Law School, 1877

Edward Lee Linsley (1858-1900), Yale Law School, 1877

Frank Henry Willenborg (1853-?), Yale Law School, 1877

George Rufus Cooley (1851-1920), Yale Law School, 1877

Granville Moss White (1855-1931), Yale Law School, 1877

Hamilton Mercer Wright (1852-1933), Yale Law School, 1877

James Henry Webb (1854-1924), Yale Law School, 1877

John B. Kendrick (1852-1931), Yale Law School, 1877

John Parker Bronk (1855-1904), Yale Law School, 1877

Lawyer, miner, lumberman, street railway worker, and hotel clerk, Carlton Fyler Drake (1857-1935), Yale Law School, 1877

Leverett Camp Hinman (1856-1907), Yale Law School, 1877

Theodore Salisbury Woolsey (1852-1929), Yale Law School, 1877

Timothy Dwight Davenport (1854-1918), Yale Law School, 1877

William Griggs Butler (1857-1909), Yale Law School, 1877

William Joseph Mills (1849-1915), Yale Law School, 1877




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