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March 27, 1807
April 9, 1874
New York, NY
James Fitch Bunnell was the third son of Rufus and Diana Fitch Bunnell. In 1817, when James was ten years old, his family moved to New York City. In 1826 he graduated from Yale College, and studied law at the Litchfield Law School the following year. Although he was admitted to the bar in New York after completing his law studies, Bunnell never took up the practice of law. He worked as a banker until 1832 when he then became a manufacturer of woolen goods in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Bunnell retired in 1846 due to his ill health.
Years at LLS:
Graduated from Yale College in 1826.
Admitted To Bar:
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, 22.
Yale University. Obituary Record of Graduate of Yale College, 1870-80. 1900.
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