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Edwards Johnson

February 20, 1804
June 24, 1873
Home Town:
Stratford, CT
Later Residences:
Stratford, CT
Ann Dowdall Johnson (September 29, 1830)
Biographical Notes:
Edwards Johnson was the great-grandson of Samuel Johnson, the first president of Kings' College. His grandfather Dr. William Samuel Johnson became the first non-cleric to head a college in both America and England when he was appointed the President of Columbia College in 1787. His parents were Samuel William and Susan (Edwards) Johnson. Even though he had studied the law, Johnson instead engaged in farming and iron manufacturing.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1823.

Profession / Service
Agriculture; Business

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.
Secondary Sources:
Obituary Records of Gradates of Yale College: Deceased during the year end in June, 1873. 1873.

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