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Walter Mitchell

October 7, 1777
July 29, 1849
Home Town:
Wethersfield, CT
Later Residences:
Hartford, CT
Biographical Notes:
Walter Mitchell was the son of Chief Justice Stephen Mix and Hannah (Grant) Mitchell. He worked as an attorney for the Pheonix Bank as well as the city of Hartford, CT from 1817 to 1820. In May of 1815, he was offered a seat on the Hartford County court but he declined. He died in Hartford, CT.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1795.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Business; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
December 1798
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied with Nathaniel Terry, Esq. of Hartford, CT after completing courses at the Litchfield Law School.
Local Posts:
Attorney for the City (Hartford, CT) 1817-1820
Presiding Judge of County Court (Hartford County, CT) 1838

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.
Moothall Society Record Books, Litchfield Law School Collection Series 1: Period Documents: Subseries 3: Other Papers lists Walter Mitchael/Mitchill, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
Loomis, Dwight and J. Gilbert Calhoun. The Judicial and Civil History of Connecticut. Boston: The Boston History Company, 1895.

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