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James Morrison

March 25, 1789
December 17, 1831
Home Town:
Londonderry, NH
Later Residences:
Savannah, GA
Elizabeth Johnston Morrison (April 23, 1812)
Biographical Notes:
James Morrison was born in Londonberry, New Hampshire with his twin sister Sally on March 21, 1789. James graduated Dartmouth College in 1807 and attended the Litchfield Law School the following year. During the summer of 1811, Morrison met Mr. George Whitefield of Savannah, Georgia and his cousin Eliza Johnston. James Morrison would marry Eliza Johnston a year later on April 23rd, 1812. The two stayed in Eliza Johnston’s home town of Savannah, Georgia for the majority of the rest of their lives. By 1816 Morrison was admitted to the Union Society, a wide array of prominent men who ran the Bethesda and funded several charities and institutions. Morrison was also a trustee of the Bank of the State of Georgia and eventually elected to the city council in 1819. He gave up his post to become a Judge ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Dartmouth College in 1808.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
1811 in Litchfield County Court
Local Posts:
Mayor (Savannah, GA) 1821-1824

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.
William Key Bond List 1811-1812; Litch. Co. Bar Assoc. Ledger = Reg. TR/JG = 1809; Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Tiffany, Case and Company, 1849), 8.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1809, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Chapman, George T. Sketches of the Alumni of Dartmouth College. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1867.

Andy Walker, "A Short Biography of James Morrison," Savannah Biographies vol. 13, November 21, 1985.

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