A collection of professional and personal material related to John Arnold Rockwell, American lawyer, author, and politician.
John Arnold Rockwell (1803-1861) was an American jurist, Whig politician, and businessman. A native of Norwich, Connecticut
and a graduate of Yale University, class of 1822; he married Mary Watkinson Perkins on September 28, 1831. Rockwell was a
member of the Connecticut State Senate in 1839, and the judge of the New London County Court in 1840. He represented the state,
as a Whig, in the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth United States Congresses. Rockwell served as the chairman of the Committee on
Claims in the Thirtieth Congress, and was the Chief Founder of the Court of Claims in Washington (established 1855). Having
lost his re-election bid in 1848, Rockwell practiced law before the Court of Claims of the United States until his death in
Washington, D.C. on February 10, 1861. Rockwell and his brother Charles William Rockwell were actively involved in various
enterprises having to do with the westward expansion, including land development, railroads, transportation, and banking.
In 1836 they founded the Rockwell Land Company with the purpose of land development in La Salle County, Illinois.
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