Morris, James, 1752-1820
James Morris was born on January 19, 1752. Morris was a lieutenant during the Revolutionary War, from 1775 till the end of the war, and at Germantown he was taken prisoner for three years. He graduate in 1775 from Yale and joined the revolutionary army; Yale at the time of the Revolutionary War halted classes. After the war he began to teach in his house; this becomes the Morris Academy. The Morris Academy is what Morris is known for especially because it was a coeducational institution which was rare at the time. In 1803 the school moved out of his house and became a full institution. Morris also founded the first library in Litchfield in 1785. His memoirs were published as well as the work, A Statistical Account of Several Towns in the County of Litchfield.
Citation:James Morris' entry in The Ledger Barbara Nolen Strong's The Morris Academy: Pioneer in Coeducation, 1790-1888. Call number: REFERENCE LD7501.L625 S77 1976 Yale and Her Honor-Roll in the American Revolution, 1775-1783 by Henry Phelps Johnston.
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
James Morris Address
James Morris Justice of the Peace Records
Barbara Nolen Strong papers
The Barbara Nolen Strong papers (1993-101-0) consist of Mrs. Strong's research, notes, budget and costs, publication, and other materials related to the publication of her book, The Morris Academy: pioneer in coeducation 1790-1888, published in 1976.