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Alexis Painter

November 24, 1794
October 19, 1867
Home Town:
West Haven, CT
Later Residences:
Ananpolis, MD
Westfield, MA
Cummington, MA
Biographical Notes:
Alexis Painter was the third son of Thomas and Hannah (Candee) Painter. He was born in West Haven, CT. After leaving Litchfield Law School, he moved to Annapolis, MD. Painter won his first and only case there, for he immediately afterwards abandoned the practice of law. He briefly taught school in Maryland, before he returned North and shipped out as a sailor. After a voyage to Liverpool, he decided he was too old to be a sailor and returned to Massachusetts to enter the business world.

After his marriage to Maria McMahon, he then moved to Westfield, MA where he worked as a merchant and moved soon afterwards to Cummington, MA to become a manufacturer. His business ventures never met with much success and he returned with his family to his native town of West Haven, CT in 1837. In ...

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Other Education:
He received his early education at Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven, CT and graduated from Yale College in 1815.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Educator; Business
Admitted To Bar:
Annapolis, MD

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.
Handwritten list by William Samuel Johnson, "Catalogue of the Students at Law in the school at Litchfield Conn. at & after Aug. 15th 1817..", Connecticut Historical Society, Johnson Family Papers, 1722-1863, Box - Johnson Papers
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College : deceased during the academical year ending July 1868. New Haven, CT: 1868.

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