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Joseph Bulkeley

October 28, 1789
March 21, 1851
Home Town:
Rocky Hill, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Rocky Hill, CT
Biographical Notes:
Joseph Bulkeley was the son of Joseph and Mary Williams Bulkeley. Bulkeley prepared for college by studying with Reverend Calvin Chapin, and graduated from Yale College in 1810. That same year he entered into the study of the law in Litchfield, Connecticut at Tapping Reeve's law school. After completing his studies, Bulkeley practiced law in New York City until shortly before his death in 1851.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Studied in prepration for Yale College with Rev. Calvin Chapin and graduated from Yale in 1810.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Business; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
1812 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.
Bond, William Key. Lectures on law by the Honable. Tapping Reeve and James Gould esquire at Litchfield, Connecticut, An. Dom: 1811 & 1812 Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum Joseph Downs Manuscript Collection No. 65x669.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, 9.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1810, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society.
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.

Jacobus, Donald Lines, comp. The Bulkeley Genealogy. New Haven: Private Printing, 1933.

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