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John Bliss Watson

December 25, 1843
Home Town:
East Windsor, CT
Later Residences:
Hartford, CT
Anne Peck Watson (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
John Bliss Watson was the son of Colonel John and Anne (Bliss) Watson. After attending the Law School, Watson practiced law in Windsor for several years. He was also considered a prominent business man and lived on a large farm just north of the Scantic River. He and his brother Henry were very enterprising and introduced improved breeds of horses, cattle and sheep to the country.

In 1830, Watson moved his family to Hartford, CT where he practiced law for about ten years. He married Anne Peck and they had one daughter together.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Prepared for college by John Brainard (a graduate of Yale in 1808), and graduated from Yale College in 1814.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Agriculture

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, 1815, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

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

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