John Bissell II
New York, NY
Bissell traveled to Stamford to study in his future brother in law and LLS alumni, Charles Hawley. In 1829, Bissell passed the Bar Exam in Fairfield, CT.
On September 5, 1830 he married Martha C. Holley of Stamford. Together, they moved to New York City and he opened a law office on Wall Street. Two years later in 1832, he was given the distinction of being the first lawyer appointed as the Commissioner of Deeds for the States and Territories. In 1836, He was admitted as a Solicitor to the Court of Chancery and as an attorney to New York State.
In 1824, he passed away and is interred next to his wife in New Woodlawn Cemetery in Stamford, CT.
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, 21.
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