John Allen Collier

November 13, 1787
March 24, 1873
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Binghamton, NY
Barbara Doty Collier (June 4, 1810)
Lydia Shepard Collier (October 11, 1837)
Elizabeth Morris Collier (August 20, 1834)
Biographical Notes:
  John Allen Collier was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Stockwell) Collier of Litchfield, CT. Collier was admitted to the bar in Troy, NY. He then practiced law in Binghamton, NY. He then worked as a District Attorney in Broome County, NY for several years.
   In 1847, Collier was appointed commissioner to revise statues. A year later in 1848, he was a presidential elector on the Whig ticket but resumed his law practice. He passed away on March 24, 1873 and is interned in Spring forest cemetery.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1803.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Troy, NY in 1809
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (NY) 1831
State Posts:
Comptroller (NY) 1841-1842
District Attorney for Broom County (NY) 1821-1822

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 6.
Secondary Sources:
Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1927. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1928.
Philp, Kenneth R. “John Collier and the Indians of the Americas: The Dream and the Reality.'' Prologue 11 (Spring 1979): 5-21

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