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Samuel Watson

July 16, 1807
September 26, 1876
Home Town:
Barrington, RI
Later Residences:
Nashville, TN
Charlotte Norton Watson (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Samuel Watson was the son of Matthew and Martha (Bicknell) Watson. After attending the Litchfield Law School, he moved to Nashville, TN where he practiced law. Watson also manufactured gunpowder in Sycamore, TN. He was greatly concerned with improving public education. He served on the Tennessee State Board of Education, acted as a Trustee of Nashville University and worked to support the Peabody School fund from 1869 to 1876.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Brown University in 1825.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Manufacturer; Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (TN)

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.
George C. Woodruff List

Journal of Laura Maria Wolcott 26 Feb 1827, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848.

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