Jonathan was prepared for college by the Reverend Levi Langdon and admitted to Yale College in August 1780. He graduated in 1784. Barnes then attended the Litchfield Law School and was admitted to the bar there in 1787. He settled in Tolland, Connecticut where he practiced law and represented the town in the Connecticut Legislature for twenty-eight terms. From October 1811 to June 1818, he served as Judge of Probate for the District of Stafford. In 1825, he was appointed Chief Judge of the Tolland County Court but declined to ...
State's Attorney for Tolland County (CT) 1807-1829
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.
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