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Anson Bates

May 14, 1799
September 19, 1869
Home Town:
East Granby, CT
Later Residences:
Hartford, CT
East Granby, CT
Louise Gannett Bates (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Anson Bates, was the son of Erastus Bates and Amelia Higley Bates. Before attending the Litchfield Law School in 1820, Anson clerked in Grove Griswold's office in Granby, Connecticut from 1817 to 1820. Bates passed the bar that same year and then returned to Granby. He practiced as a lawyer in East Granby and Hartford, and also grew and brokered tobacco. In 1838 he became Justice of the Peace of East Granby. Bates married Louise Gannett of Virginia at an unknown date, and passed away at home in East Granby on September 19, 1869.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Agriculture; Broker; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Connecticut in 1820
Training with Other Lawyers:
He clerked in Grove Griswold's office in Granby, CT from 1817 to 1820.
Local Posts:
Justice of the Peace (East Granby, CT)

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, 17.

Anson Bates Law Notebook (Litchfield Law School collection, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, 7 South Street, P.O. Box 385, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759).

Anson Bates law lecture notes, 1820 (Connecticut Historical Society).

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