Bacon attended several schools and academies in Canterbury and Windham before entering Yale College in 1789. Bacon graduated from Yale with a distinguished record in 1793 and immediately afterward worked in the law office of General Cleveland in his native town of Canterbury. After spending six months there, he entered the Litchfield Law School and prepared to enter the practice of law. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1795.
Bacon then went to Virginia and was admitted to the bar after great difficulty and expense, settling for three years in Leesburg, ...
- Elijah Adams letter
- Leman Church letter of recommendation
- Asa Bacon Letters
- Portrait of Asa Bacon
- Asa Bacon Law Notebooks
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.
Boardman, David Sherman. Sketches of the Early Lights of Litchfield Bar. J. Humphrey, Jr., 1860.
Trowbridge, Francis Bacon. The Champion Genealogy. A History of the Descendants of Henry Champion of Saybrook and Lyme, Connecticut. New Haven, CT: Printed for the Author, 1891.
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