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Epaphroditus Champion

October 21, 1786
July 16, 1841
Home Town:
East Haddam, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
East Haddam, CT
Biographical Notes:
Epaphroditus Champion was the son of the famous Connecticut Patriot, General Epaphroditus Champion and his wife Lucretia (Hubbard) Champion. Champion entered Yale in the fall of 1801 and roomed with Rev. Dr. Nathaniel W. Taylor. However, he had to leave Yale at the end of his junior year due to illness, including eye trouble and severe chest pains. After attending the Litchfield Law School for a year, Champion moved to New York City where he continued his legal studies for two more years. Champion then returned to East Haddam, CT and worked as the Director of the East Haddam Bank from 1834 to 1837.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Yale College from 1801 to 1803, but left because of health problems.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Business

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.
Ledger. "Journals of the Barr - Litchfield County." Litchfield Historical Society.; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 6.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1805, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Trowbridge, Francis Bacon. The Champion Genealogy. New Haven: Printed for the Author, 1891.

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