James Slidell Johnson
Johnson was prepared for college by the Rev. Moses Waddell at the Willington Academy in the Abbeyville District of South Carolina. After attending the Litchfield Law School, James returned to South Carolina. He found legal practice unappealing and soon abandoned the law to engage in the hay and grain business. He is buried in the western yard of St. Michael's Church in Charleston, SC.
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, 1849.
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