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Alexander Norton Fullerton

November 3, 1804
September 29, 1880
Home Town:
Chester, VT
Later Residences:
Troy, NY
Chicago, IL
Jane Hill Fullerton (1858)
Julia Ann Hubbell Fullerton (November 1830)
Biographical Notes:
Alexander Norton Fullerton was the son of a prosperous woolen manufacturer. After attending Litchfield Law School, he practiced law in Troy, NY with David Buell. While in Troy, Fullerton began to engage in the buying and selling of real estate and in 1833 he moved to Chicago to expand his real estate operations in that rapidly growing city. Real estate speculation atracted many lawyers of the period. Their legal skills were needed to deal with deeds and titles and the frequent litigation which arose in areas of rapid development. Usually starting by being employed as a lawyer for a speculator, many young lawyers saw their field as an oppotunity to enter land speculation on their own. The fact-growing areas of the West attracted many young lawyers seeking fortune in real estate speculation. ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Middlebury College.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Real Estate; Business; Political Office
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied law with Mr. Shipherd and Mr. Parker of Granville, NY.

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.
Woodruff, George Catlin. "LLS Notes." Litchfield Historical Society; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 22.
Secondary Sources:
A Biographical history with: Prominent Men of the Great West. Chicago: Manhattan Pub. Co., 1894; Fullerton, Jr., Gordon W. The Fullertons of North America. Fullerton, 1975.; Robinson, Duane L. General Catalogue of Middlebury College. Middlebury College, 1950.

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