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Edward Warren Bissell

November 27, 1807
January 24, 1876
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Victorinne de Puga Bissell (April 23, 1846)
Biographical Notes:
Edward Bissell was born the third son of John Bissell, a merchant, and his wife, Kate Marsh Bissell in Litchfield, Connecticut. Edward attended the Litchfield Law School in 1828, and passed the bar in 1832.

On December 30, 1839, Edward was appointed a purser in the United States Navy and in May of 1841, he sailed to Brazil on the 'Enterprise.' In 1844 due to health problems, he was granted a leave of absence. He had no subsequent assignments and resigned from the Navy on January 11, 1847.

On April 23, 1846 he married Victoria Du Bois in New York City. They lived together for three decades, until John's death on January 24, 1876. They had one son, Frederick Paul Bissell, who passed away on January 23, 1878 at eight years old.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Military
Admitted To Bar:
1832 in Litchfield County Court

Related Objects and Documents
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), 22.
Secondary Sources:
Stiles, M.D. Henry R. The History of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut. New York: Charles B. Norton, 1859.

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