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Ezekiel Bacon

September 1, 1776
October 18, 1870
Home Town:
Boston, MA
Later Residences:
Troy, NY
Abigail Smith Bacon (October 6, 1799)
Biographical Notes:
Ezekiel Bacon was the son of John Bacon and Elizabeth Cumming Bacon. His mother's father, Ezekiel Goldwait, had been the register of Deeds of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, and the town clerk of Boston, Massachusetts. His father attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) after leaving the ministry, and had a successful career in politics, serving both in the United States Congress and as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas. Ezekial Bacon graduated from Yale College in 1794 and then attended the Litchfield Law School that same year. Bacon met Abigail Smith, his future wife, while he was a student at the law school. They had a long and difficult engagement due to political differences between Bacon and her father, Dr. Reuben Smith of Litchfield. Bacon and ...
From Obituary record of the graduates of the undergraduate schools, deceased 1860-70 (full citation below)
Ezekiel Bacon, for nearly six years the oldest surviving graduate of the college, died in Utica, N.Y., 18 Oct.,1870, aged 94. From In reply to a request made a few years since for a sketch of the events of his life, he wrote as follows : —

"Ezekiel Bacon was born in Boston, on the 1st of Sept., 1776, the only son of the Rev. John Bacon, then late pastor of the Old South Church, and of Elizabeth his wife, who was the daughter of Ezekiel Goldthwait, of Boston, and widow of the Rev. Alexander Cummings, Mr. Bacon's predecessor in office. The family settled in Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Mass., and the son was educated and graduated at Yale College of the class of ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1794.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Massachusetts in 1800
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (MA) 1807-1812
Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury Department (1814-1815)
Federal Committees:
Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means in 1811 and 1812.
State Posts:
State Representative (MA) 1805-1806
Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas for the Western District of MA (MA) 1811-1814
State Representative (NY) 1819
Judge of Common Pleas (NY)
State Committees:
Member of the NY State Constitutional Convention in 1821.
Local Posts:
Associate Judge of the County Court (Troy, NY) 1818-1820

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.
Obituary record of the graduates of the undergraduate schools, deceased 1860-70 Volume: 1870-1880, Yale University: New Haven.
Secondary Sources:
Barlow, William, and David O. Powell. “Congressman Ezekiel Bacon of Massachusetts and the Coming of the War of 1812.” Historical Journal of Western Massachusetts 6 (Spring 1978): 28-41.

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