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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.

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


Identifier: 00-1953-49-0
Scope and Contents The James Morris Address (2952) was delivered sometime between July of 1803 and October 8th of 1810. The address is a brief account of local history. It covers the founding of Litchfield describing the conditions of the early settlers. There are also accounts of the suicides and murders in the town, and there is account of the capture of Captain Jacob Griswould. There are other topics covered such as important buildings in Litchfield at the time (parishes, saw mills,...
Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1803 July - 1810 October 8; Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1953

James Morris Justice of the Peace Records


Identifier: 00-1953-28-0
Scope and Contents The James Morris Justice of the Peace Records (1953-28-0) includes two items. The first item is a bound book of records from James Morris’ work as a Justice of the peace. The second item is a folder of small notes and letters that were found in the front cover of the book. The book begins with an index which alphabetically sorts cases by names of the parties involved and gives the case number and the decision. The rest of the book is organized by case number; usually the pages are organized...
Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1794 - 1814; Other: Date acquired: 11/30/1952

Barbara Nolen Strong papers


Identifier: 1993-101-0

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.

Dates: Other: Date acquired: 05/11/1994

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