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date: 18 October 2019

Batterson, James Goodwinlocked

(23 February 1823–18 September 1901)
  • Edward L. Lach, Jr.


Batterson, James Goodwin (23 February 1823–18 September 1901), insurance executive, was born in Wintonbury (now Bloomfield), Connecticut, the son of Simeon Seely Batterson, a stonecutter, and Melissa Roberts. Batterson spent his early childhood around New Preston, Connecticut, where he attended the local country school and academy. Unable to afford the college education that he greatly desired, he moved around 1838 to Ithaca, New York, where he served a three-year apprenticeship in the print shop of Mack, Andrus & Woodruff and spent his evenings and free time in independent study. At his aging father’s request, he then returned to Connecticut and joined his father’s stonecutting business in Litchfield. Batterson read law in the office of Origen S. Seymour for a year, but family circumstances again resulted in his abandonment of formal education, and he concentrated on building up the family business. He married Eunice Elizabeth Goodwin of Hartford in 1851; they had two children....

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