09/19/2018

CHARLES ELLIOTT MITCHELL


CHARLES ELLIOTT MITCHELL 1889-1891

Born May 11, 1837, at Bristol, Connecticut, Charles Elliott Mitchell was of ancestry prominent in the history of New England, being descended on his father's side from William Mitchell, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and on his mother's side from the Rev. Thomas Hooker, founder of the Connecticut colony, which, according to the historian John Fiske, "marked the beginnings of American democracy."

After graduating from Williston Seminary, Brown University and the Albany Law School, he moved in 1864 to New Britain, Connecticut, and began the practice of his profession. There he acquired legislative experience which was to be of great value later when he became Commissioner of Patents since it enabled him to understand how legislation proposed in the interest of the Patent Office must be presented to the Congress and dealt with thereafter to assure its enactment into law.

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