Asa Chapman

September 2, 1770
September 25, 1825
Later Residences:
Newtown, CT
New Haven, CT
Mary Perry Chapman (September 2, 1798)
Biographical Notes:
Asa Chapman was the son of Phineas and Mary (Hillier) Chapman. He studied for college with Rev. Frederick W. Hotchkiss of Saybrook, CT. After graduating from Yale, Chapman taught briefly at the academy of North Salem as well as in Norwalk, CT. He continued teaching while attending the Litchfield Law School. After being admitted to the bar, he established a law practice in Newtown, CT. He married and he and his wife had four children. In 1824, Chapman moved his family to New Haven, CT and briefly opened a law school which he had to abandon for health reasons. He died of consumption at the age of fifty-six.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1792.

Profession / Service
Educator; Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
State Posts:
State Representative (CT)
Judge of the Superior Court of Errors (CT) 1818-1825

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.
Handwritten list of names on loose papers titled "prior to 1798," inside Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849).
Secondary Sources:
Chapman, Rev. F.W.The Chapman Family. Hartford, CT: Case, Tiffany & Co., 1854.

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