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John Mason Grant

June 14, 1817
November 3, 1878
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Clearwater Harbor, FL
Baltimore, MA
New York City, NY
Biographical Notes:
On June 14, 1817, John Mason Grant was born to Charles and Hannah McNeil Grant of Litchfield, Connecticut.

In 1830 and 1831 John studied at the Litchfield Female Academy. He also spent four years studying theology in the Yale Divinity School and the Union Theology Seminary in New York City. While in New York, he also attended numerous medical lectures. He stayed in New York as a teacher and later traveled to Virginia.

In 1849, Grant was employed as a colporteur, or religious book seller, for the Maryland Tract Society until July of 1853. He started teaching again and later moved to Baltimore in 1856 to sell religious newspapers. By 1862, he was appointed as Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue and served as a Book Agent.

In his later years, he moved to Florida where he passed away in Clearwater
Harbor on November 3, 1878.

Years at LFA:
Other Education:
Yale Divinity School
Union Theology Seminary, New York City

Profession / Service
Educator; Business; Religious Calling

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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 Academy … 1830" (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

1831 Litchfield Female Academy Winter Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).
Secondary Sources:
Yale College, Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College Deceased from June, 1870 to June 1880. New Haven:Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor. 1880. 427.

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