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William Watson

October 11, 1809
February 27, 1900
Home Town:
Hartford, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Louise Lynch Watson (October 19, 1843)
Julia Elmore Watson (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
William Watson was the son of William and Mary (Marsh) Watson. He worked as a lawyer for over sixty years. He lived a very long life and died at the age of ninety. Watson was one of only three Litchfield Law School students to live into the twentieth century.

Watson and his first wife, Louise Lynch, had seven children together.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1829.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
New York, NY in 1833
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied for two years in the office of Gen. John Tallmadge in New York.
Federal Posts:
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of NY (NY) 1842-1845

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, 1848.
Secondary Sources:
Obituary Records of Graduates of Yale College 1860-70, 1870-80, 1880-90, 1890-1900. New Haven, CT: Yale University: 1900.

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