John Bissell

May 7, 1807
June 12, 1898
Home Town:
Utica, NY
Later Residences:
Stamford, CT
New York, NY
Martha Holley Bissell (September 5, 1830)
Biographical Notes:
John Bissell was the brother of Litchfield Law School graduate Edward Bissell, and son of John Bissell and Kate Marsh Bissell of Litchfield, Connecticut. He was born in Utica, New York on May 7, 1807. From 1826 to 1827 John attended the Litchfield Law School. Bissell then went to Stamford, Connecticut and studied law in the office of his future brother-in-law, Charles Hawley, who had been a Litchfield Law School student in 1813. After adequate legal study he passed the bar in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1829. He married Martha C. Holley of Stamford on September 5, 1830. He then moved to New York City where he opened a law office on Wall Street. In 1832, he was given the distinction of being the first lawyer appointed Commissioner of Deeds for the States and Territories. In 1836 he was admitted ...

Years at school:
LLS: 1826-1827; LFA: 1821-1822
Other Education:
Attended the Litchfield Female Academy from 1821-1822.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Fairfield County, CT in 1829
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied at the law office of his future brother in-law, and former Litchfield Law School student, Charles Hawley in Stamford, CT.
Federal Posts:
Commissioner of Deeds for the States and Territories of the U.S. 1832
State Posts:
Solicitor to the Court of Chancery (NY) 1836

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Woodruff, George Catlin. "LLS Notes." (Litchfield Historical Society).

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, 21.

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