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Frederick Atwater

November 6, 1796
November 2, 1827
Home Town:
Blandford, MA
Later Residences:
St. Lawrence, NY
Russell, NY
Biographical Notes:
Frederick Atwater was the son of Russell Atwater and Clarissa Chapman. His father was a prominent landowner in New York who helped to survey and settle the towns of Norfolk and Brasher. Russell Atwater also pursued a successful political career in New York as an Associate Judge, State Senator and Presidential Elector. In 1807 the Atwater family relocated to Rusell, New York, which was named after Rusell Atwater. Frederick was the fourth of six sons. He received his degree from Union college in 1814 before attending the Litchfield Law School that same year. His brother Russell Atwater also attended Litchfield Law School in 1815. Frederick was admitted to the bar in 1817, and continued to practice law until his death in 1827.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Union College in 1814.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
August 13, 1817

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), 13.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1814, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society
Secondary Sources:
Atwater, Charles Hobart. Atwater History and Genealogy. Journal Publishing Company, 1927.

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