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Russell C. Atwater

January 8, 1795
December 22, 1823
Home Town:
Blandford, MA
Later Residences:
St. Lawrence, NY
Russell, NY
Biographical Notes:
Russell Atwater was the third son of Russsell Atwater and Clarissa Chapman. His brother Frederick Atwater attended the Litchfield Law School in 1814. Atwater prepared for college at Cheshire Academy by studying with the Reverend Dr. Tillotson Bronson. In 1813 he graduated from Yale College then then attended the Litchfield Law School in 1815. Atwater died of consumption at the age of twenty nine.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended the Cheshire Academy where he studied under Rev. Dr. Tillotson Bronson. He later graduated from Yale College in 1813.

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 13.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1815, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graudates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

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