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Joseph Miller

October 29, 1779
June 29, 1864
Home Town:
Torringford, CT
Later Residences:
Fairfield, CT
Winsted, CT
Richland, MI
Sarah Sherman Miller (June 1808)
Elizabeth Richards Miller (October 1, 1817)
Biographical Notes:
Joseph Miller was the son of Deacon Ebenezer and Thankful (Allen) Miller. He was their youngest son and the twelfth of thirteen children. After he left the Litchfield Law School, he began to practice law in Fairfield, CT. He briefly returned to his native town of Torringford in 1800 to deliver an oration on George Washington. In 1806, Miller moved to Winsted, CT and practiced law there until 1834. Miller moved to Richland, MI in 1834 where he devoted himself to farming rather than the law. He died at the age of eighty-five in Richland, MI.
Additional Notes:
In 1824 Joseph Miller served on the Committee of Examination for the Litchfield County Court admissions to the bar.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Williams College in 1799.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Agriculture; Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) ca. 1830
State Representative (MI) 1840-1841
State Committees:
Member of the 1818 CT Constitutional Convention.

Related Objects and Documents
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.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1801, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Orcutt Rev. Samuel. History of Torrington, Connecticut. Albany: J. Munsell, Printer, 1878.

Boyd, John. Annals and Family Records of Winchester, Conn. Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Lockwood & Brainbard, 1873.

Durfee, Rev. Calvin. Williams Biogrpahical Annals. Boston: Lee & Shepard Publishers, 1871.

Kilbourne, Dwight C. The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut 1709-1909. Litchfield, CT: Published by the Author, 1909.

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