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John Jay Hyde

February 15, 1811
Home Town:
Mystic, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Biographical Notes:
John Jay Hyde was the grandson of Dr. Phineas Hyde, a navy surgeon in the Revolutionary War. His parents were John and Lucy Ann [Burroughs] Hyde. There is some confusion as to when Hyde attended the law school. Records say he attended in 1829 yet he is reported to have graduated from Union College in 1834. Hyde also worked as the editor of the New London paper the People's Advocate which was founded in 1840 by Benjamin P. Bissell. The paper ceased to exist in 1868. After working as an editor, Hyde moved to New York City in 1859. He never married and died there in 1875. He is buried in Elm Grove Cemetery in Stonington, CT

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Union College in 1834.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Editor

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, 1848), 23.
Secondary Sources:
Walworth, LL. D., Reuben H. Hyde Genealogy. Albany: J. Munsell, 1864.

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