Joel Jones

October 25, 1795
February 3, 1860
Home Town:
Coventry, CT
Later Residences:
Easton, PA
Wilkesbarre, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Eliza Perkins Sparhawk Jones (June 14, 1831)
Biographical Notes:
Joel Jones began to practice law in New Haven, CT but a family crisis forced him to move to Pennsylvania where his family had resettled. In 1822, Jones conducted an academy for an year and a half at Wilkes Barre, PA. He then moved to Easton, PA where he practiced as a lawyer. In 1830, he was appointed along with two other members of the Philadelphia bar to revise the state laws of Pennsylvania.

Jones was elected President of Girard College from 1847 to 1848. He was the author of Treatise on the Law of Land Office Title of Pennsylvania. He was a longtime member of both the Pennsylvania Historical Society and the American Philosophical Society. In honor of his achievements, Princeton gave him an honorary doctorate in 1848.

Joel Jones married Eliza Perkins Sparhawk on June 14, 1831. They had six children together including Reverand John Sparhawk Jones.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1817. He studied with Judge Bristol of New Haven, CT after attending Yale.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
New Haven, CT
State Posts:
Judge of the District Court for the City and County (Philadelphia, PA) 1835-1845
Presiding Judge of the District Court for the City and County (Philadelphia, PA) 1845-1847
Local Posts:
Mayor (Philadelphia, PA) 1849

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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, 1849.

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