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Charles Bunker

August 8, 1802
August 21, 1881
Home Town:
Nantucket, MA
Later Residences:
Nantucket, MA
Judith Folger Bunker (February 15, 1826)
Biographical Notes:
Charles Bunker was the son of Reuben Ramsdell Bunker, a master Mariner and captain of the ship "Brutus," and Rachel Chase Bunker, the daughter of James and Mary Folger Chase. Charles was graduated from Harvard College in 1821 and entered the Litchfield Law School the following year. He studied law for a year before returning to Nantucket, Massachusetts to begin his practice. In addition to practicing law, he worked as the editor of the Nantucket Inquirer newspaper from October 1830 to September 1832. He later served as the Master in Chancery and as a Counsellor-at-Law in 1844. Bunker also showed an interest in history as a resident member of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society from 1857 to 1861.

On Feburary 15, 1826 Charles married Judith Folger and the couple resided ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Harvard College in 1821.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Editor; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
1824 in Litchfield County Court
Federal Posts:
U.S. Consul in Lahaina (Maui), HI (HI) 1858

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.
Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1823

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, 19.

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