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Epaphras Wadsworth Bull

January 7, 1779
October 4, 1812
Home Town:
Hartford, CT
Later Residences:
Danbury, CT
Sandusky, OH
Cleveland, OH
Polly Wells Bull (January 7, 1804)
Biographical Notes:
Epaphras Wadsworth Bull was born in Hartford, Connecticut. After attending the Litchfield Law School in 1796, he practiced law in Danbury, Connecticut. In 1801,1804 and 1808 Epaphras served as a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. Bull then ran for the Senate, but was defeated by the Federalist candidate. After marrying Polly Wells in 1804, he moved his family to Ohio in 1810 and settled north of Sandusky. The Bull family was forced to leave by the War of 1812 and moved to Cleveland. Epaphras died there on October 4, 1812 from exposure while fleeing an attack by Native Americans. His widow returned to New Milford, Connecticut where she lived with her three children until the age of 93.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Political Party:
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1801, 1804, 1808

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.
Moothall Society Record Books Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 3, Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
Bull, Commodore James H.C. Miscellaneous Notes, Pedigrees, Etc. Relating to Persons of the Surname of Bull. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Priv. Print., 1918;

Orcutt, Samuel. History of the town of New Milford and Bridgewater, Connecticut, 1703-1882. Hartford, CT: Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company, 1882;

Todd, Mary Louis B. Thomas and Susannah Bull. Lake Forest, IL: Heitman Printers, 1981.

White, Lorraine Cook and Christina Bailey. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records: New Milford 1712-1860, Norfolk 1758-1850, North Stonington 1807-1852. Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.

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