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Jesse Smith Bradley

August 27, 1782
March 24, 1833
Home Town:
Ridgefield, CT
Elizabeth Baker Bradley (December 3, 1805)
Biographical Notes:
Jesse Smith Bradley was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut on August 27, 1782 to Colonel Philip Burr Bradley and Ruth Smith. He attended Yale College in 1800, and then began studying at the Litchfield Law School in 1801. In 1805 Jesse married Elizabeth Baker of Ridgefield. Between the years of 1807 and 1829 he was elected seven times to the Connecticut House of Representatives. In 1833 Jesse became Associate Judge of the Fairfield Connecticut County Court, and he died later that year.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1800.

Profession / Service
Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1807-1829
Local Posts:
Associate Judge (Fairfield County, CT)

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with the Annals of the College History, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1911.

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