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Bissell, John, 1807-1898



John Bissell was born in Utica, N.Y., in 1807. He attended the Litchfield Law School in 1826 and 1827. He then went to Stamford, Conn., and studied law in the office of his future brother in-law Charles Hawley who had been a Litchfield Law School student in 1813. He passed the bar in Fairfield, Conn., in 1829. The following year he married Martha C. Holley of Stamford, Conn., on September 5, 1830. He then moved to New York City where he opened a law office on Wall Street. In 1832, he was the first lawyer to be appointed Commissioner of Deeds for the States and Territories. Four years later he was admitted as a Solicitor to the Court of Chancery in New York and as an attorney to the Supreme Court of the State of New York. He died in 1898.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Bissell family collection


Identifier: 1949-24-0
Scope and Contents The papers of the Bissell and Bissell-Baldwin families, including family members, friends, and business associates. The collection consists of correspondence, business records, account books, and other records. Isaac Bissell (1682-1744) moved to Litchfield in 1723, where he owned a 60th share, approximately 700 acres. He was the father of ten children, including Benjamin (1717-1747) and Zebulon (1724-1777). The Bissells were farmers, although there is little material in the Society's...
Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1760-1926; Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1949

John Bissell commissioner of deeds appointments


Identifier: 00-1947-13-0
Scope and Contents

Appointments by governors of John Bissell, who attended the Litchfield Law School, to serve as commissioner of deeds in various states, 1836-1878. There is also a letter from S. C. Hall of Nevada, Mo., to William Bissell, 1869. Bound volume housed in 3B Box 20.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1836-1878; Other: Date acquired: 01/12/1947

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