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Charles Frederick Johnson Letter


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Charles Frederick Johnson Letter, 1825 Jul 10 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Linda M. Hocking

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ID: 00/2014-8-0

Primary Creator: Johnson, Charles Frederick (1804-1882)

Extent: 1.0

Date Acquired: 04/09/2014

Subjects: Law - Study and teaching - Connecticut, Law--United States--Study and teaching

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One letter from Charles Frederick Johnson to Edgar L. Ormbsbee written from Litchfield describing the course of lectures being offered at the Litchfield Law School. Johnson offers to allow Orbsbee to copy his notes.

Biographical Note

Charles Frederick Johnson was the son of Robert Charles and Katherine Ann (Bayard) Johnson. Due to the death of both his parents while he was a young child, Johnson was raised by his uncle, Samuel William Johnson. He was raised with his first cousins who had both attended the Litchfield Law School. He inherited large tracts of land in western New York from his father in the Susquehanna Valley, and cut it into various farm plots and sold it to the first settlers. Johnson then settled in Tioga Valley, NY in 1837 where he had a 200 acre farm called Meadow Bank. He never pursued a legal practice and was an inventor and writer instead. Johnson also made some literary efforts and translated Lucretius' De Rerum Natura in blank verse and it was published in New York in 1872. He lived <span class="start_hidden" id="yui_3_3_0_9_139706979630413">in Tioga Valley until 1876 at which time he moved into the home of his daughter Mrs. Anna J. Bellamy of Dorchester, MA where he lived until his death. His wife, Sarah Dwight Woolsey was the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Dwight) Woolsey, and the sister of President Theodore Dwight Woolsey of Yale. Their son, William Woolsey Johnson, became a famous mathematician. Charles Frederick Johnson, a cousin of Litchfield Law School student William Samuel Johnson, was orphaned at the age of two and raised by Samuel William Johnson and Susan Pierpont Edwards Johnson (parents of William Samuel). Sarah Dwight Woolsey was the sister of Laura Woolsey (William Samuel's wife). </span>

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Law - Study and teaching - Connecticut
Law--United States--Study and teaching

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Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: E-bay

Acquisition Method: Museum Purchase

Preferred Citation: Charles Frederick Johnson letter, 2014-8-0, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

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