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John Douglas Fowler

February 6, 1789
August 25, 1817
Home Town:
North Branford, CT
Later Residences:
New Haven, CT
Biographical Notes:
John Douglas Fowler was the son of Deacon Solomon Fowler and his wife Olivia Douglas. He was prepared for college by Sylvester Selden and later graduated from Yale in 1813. Fowler studied law at Litchfield Law School after graduating Yale and he later opened an office in New Haven, CT. However, in the winter of 1816, Fowler contracted consumption. He then retired from active practice and died at his father's house at the age of only twenty-one.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
In preparation for college he studied with Sylvester Selden and later graduated from Yale College in 1813.

Profession / Service

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), 11.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1813, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

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