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Joseph Hart Bellamy

November 2, 1848
Home Town:
Bethlehem, CT
Later Residences:
Bethlehem, CT
Sarah Hillhouse Bellamy (November 4, 1813)
Biographical Notes:
Joseph Hart Bellamy was the grandson of the Reverend Dr. Joseph Bellamy of Bethlehem. Dr. Bellamy graduated from Yale College in 1735 and studied the ministry with Jonathan Edwards. Joseph's father David Bellamy was a lawyer who married Silence Leavitt, the daughter of David Leavitt of Bethlehem.

Joseph was born in Bethlehem, Connecticut and prepared for Yale with Reverend Dr. Azel Backus. He graduated from Yale College in 1808 and studied at the Litchfield Law School that same year. Bellamy enjoyed both legal work and an extensive political career. He served in the Connecticut General Assembly in 1818-1819, 1821 and 1826-1827. Bellamy also acted as the County Commissioner from 1839 to 1840 and was elected to the Connecticut State Senate in 1841.

In November of 1813, ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1808.

Profession / Service
Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1810-1819, 1821, 1826-1827
State Senator (CT) 1841
Local Posts:
Commissioner of the County (Litchfield County, CT) 1839-1840

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, 10.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1808, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Baker, Henry A. History of Montville, Connecticut. Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Lockwood and Brainard, 1896.

Boardman, David Sherman. Sketches of the Early Lights of Litchfield Bar. J. Humphrey, Jr., 1860.

Cothren, William. History of Ancient Woodbury, Connecticut, From the First Indian Deed in 1659 to 1879, Vol. 3. Woodbury, CT: Published by William Cothren, 1879

Hinman, Royal Ralph. Catalogue of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut. Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1852.

The New England Historical and Genealogical Record, Vol. 61. Boston: Published by the Society, 1907.

Walworth, Rueben. Hyde Genealogy, Vol. 2. Albany, NY: J. Munsell, 1864.

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