Samuel Johnson Hitchcock

February 4, 1786
August 31, 1845
Home Town:
Woodbury, CT
Later Residences:
New Haven, CT
Laura Coan Hitchcock (May 18, 1818)
Narcissa Whittemore Hitchcock (December 25, 1834)
Biographical Notes:
Samuel Johnson Hitchcock was the son of Benjamin and Mary [Johnson] Hitchcock. He was born the oldest of twelve children. Since his father had very little money for his education, Hitchcock was first trained as a mechanic. However, he had a great love of reading and education and attracted the attention of his pastor, the Rev. Azel Backus who helped prepare him for college. He graduated as the valedictorian of his class at Yale in 1809. After attending the Litchfield Law School, he worked as a tutor at Yale for the next four years until he resigned in 1814 and consequently passed the bar in New Haven. In 1815 he entered practice in New Haven. His first wife, Laura Coan, died fourteen years after they married from contracting consumption. They had five children. His second wife, Narcissa Perry ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Prepared for college with Rev. Azel Backus and attended Yale College in 1809.

Profession / Service
Educator; Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Training with Other Lawyers:
After completing his studies at the Litchfield Law School he studied with Seth P. Staples.
Local Posts:
Judge of the County Court (New Haven, CT) 1838-1842
Mayor (New Haven, CT) 1839-1841
Chief Judge of the County Court (New Haven, CT) 1842-1844
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

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.
Hitchcock, Samuel J., Notes at Judge Gould's Law School, Litchfield, 1809 (Connecticut Historical Society, MS 80220)
Secondary Sources:
Hitchcock, Mrs. Edward, Sr. The Genealogy of the Hitchcock Family. Amherst, MA: Press of Carpenter & Morehouse, 1894.

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