John Pierpont

April 6, 1785
August 27, 1866
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Newburyport, MA
Boston, MA
Baltimore, MD
Troy, NY
West Medford, MA
Biographical Notes:
John Pierpont was the son of James and Elizabeth (Collins) Pierpont and was the second of ten children. After graduating from Yale, he assisted Rev. Azel Backus in an academy at Bethlehem, CT for several months. In 1805, Pierpont moved to South Carolina where he worked as a tutor until 1809 in the household of William Alston, the father of Joseph Alston. He then returned to Litchfield in 1809. He and his wife had three sons and three daughters and their first son was named for William Alston.

Pierpont then moved to Newburyport, MA where he opened a law office and also published some poetry. He later established a dry goods business in Boston, MA with his brother-in-law Joseph L. Lord. They also attempted to open a branch in Baltimore, MD, but it failed in the War of 1812. While in ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1804 and graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1819.

Profession / Service
Educator; Lawyer; Arts; Business; Religious Calling; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Litchfield, CT in 1811
Federal Posts:
Clerk of the U.S. Treasury Department 1861-1866

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.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Tiffany, Case and Company, 1849), 8.

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