George Bunce Holt

June 13, 1790
October 30, 1871
Home Town:
Norfolk, CT
Later Residences:
Dayton, OH
Mary Blodgett Holt (June 1821)
Biographical Notes:
George Bunce Holt was born June 13, 1790 in Norfolk, Connecticut. As a young man George studied law, and in 1812 completed his legal course of study at the Litchfield Law School. In 1819, he moved to Dayton, Ohio which at that time was a small village. Holt was one of the first lawyers to open a law office in that city. For the next three years he published and edited the Miami Republican, and wrote many articles in favor of forming canals between the Ohio River and the Great Lakes. In 1824, Holt was elected to the state legislature and helped to pass the ad valorum system of taxation. He also helped to pass laws to start the Ohio canal system. He pursued agricultural interests and bred Short-Horn Durham cattle and served as the President of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society. ...

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office; Agriculture
Admitted To Bar:
1812 in Litchfield County Court
State Posts:
State Representative (OH) 1824
State Senator (OH) 1827
Presiding Judge of the Court of Common Pleas (OH) 1828-1835, 1842
Local Posts:
Prosecuting Attorney (Montgomery County, OH)
Prosecuting Attorney (Mercer County, OH)
Prosecuting Arrotney (Van Wert County, OH)

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.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1812, William Key Bond List 1811-1812; Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Tiffany, Case and Company, 1849), 10.
Secondary Sources:
Brennan, Jospeh Fletcher. A Biographical Cyclopaedia and Portrait Gallery of Disitnguished Men. J.C. Yorston, 1880.

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