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Kilbourn, Dwight C. (Dwight Canfield), 1837-1914



Dwight Canfield Kilbourn was born at Litchfield, Conn., October 9, 1837, the son of William P. Kilbourn and Caroline (Canfield) Kilbourn. He received a public school education and pursued his professional studies with Hon. Origen S. Seymour and Henry B. Graves at Litchfield. He was admitted to the bar in his native town in the year 1866. In 1887 he was appointed clerk of the Superior Court for Litchfield. Before his admission to the bar he served in the Civil War, attaining the rank of lieutenant in the Second Conn. Heavy Artillery. After the war, Kilbourn was secretary of his regiment for 47 years. When the Connecticut Regimental Veterans' Association was organized January 28, 1891, he was elected president and was its president for life. He was a member of the Seth F. Plumb Post, G.A.R. of Litchfield. He was a member of the Sedgwick Monument Commission, appointed by Gov. Baldwin to erect an equestrian statue of Maj. John Sedgwick at Gettysburg. He was appointed secretary of the Veterans Association of Connecticut in 1907 and held the office since. He was a member of St. Paul's Lodge, F. and A.M. and of Darius Lodge, R.A.M. of Litchfield. He was secretary of the Litchfield County Bar Association. As an author his best known work was The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, 1709-1909, the result of years of painstaking research. His home was filled with books and pamphets relating to Litchfield County. He was a member of the Connecticut Historical Society, member of the Kansas Historical Society, and vice president of the Litchfield Historical Society. He married, July 5, 1866, Sarah M. Hopkins, of Litchfield, daughter of Edward Hopkins and Melissa (Alfred) Hopkins. They had no children. Kilbourn died on October 28, 1914.

The Judicial and Civil History of Connecticut, 1895; The Waterbury American, 1914

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Dwight C. Kilbourn collection


Identifier: 1929-18-0
Scope and Contents The Dwight C. Kilbourn collection (1929-18-0, .83 linear feet) consists of a wide range of Litchfield, Conn., historical materials collected by Kilbourn, some of which relate to him and other Kilbourns, particularly his distant cousin Eliada Kilbourn (1809-1883) and Eliada’s family, and many that do not. Of particular interest are research files Dwight Kilbourn assembled regarding the involvement of Litchfield men in the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War. The collection...
Dates: Created: 1801-1920; Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1929

Dwight C. Kilbourn diary


Identifier: 00-1971-58-2
Scope and Contents

The Dwight C. Kilbourn diary (1971-58-2) contains daily entries for the year 1885. Commonly found are notations about the weather, Mr. Kilbourn's daily activities and monetary transactions. This item is housed in 3A Box 24.

Dates: Created: 1885; Other: Date acquired: 10/07/1972

Dwight C. Kilbourn letter


 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: 00-1986-01-0
Scope and Contents

Dwight C. Kilbourn writes to Mr. Kingsbury about a visit and about Kilbourn's lack of knowledge about the Headquarters section of Litchfield.

Dates: Created: 1910 Aug 15; Other: Date acquired: 07/01/1986

Kilbourn's New Store Broadside


Identifier: 00-2013-117-0
Scope and Contents One broadside describing a sale at Dwight C. Kilbourn's store. Kilbourn, a lawyer, historian and Civil War veteran, opened a general goods store in East Litchfield, CT, in a building near the East Litchfield train station. Selling items such as dry goods, groceries, hardware, crockery, clothing, and a variety of other goods, Kilbourn’s business grew. He advertised his store regularly in the Litchfield Enquirer through the mid-1870s, and utilized poems and...
Dates: Created: 1868; Other: Date acquired: 06/09/2015

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