Julius Deming was a merchant, or store owner, in Litchfield. He moved to the town in 1780. He began building his house in 1790.
Julius got together with two friends, Benjamin Tallmadge and Oliver Wolcott, Jr., and bought a ship named the “Trident.” The Trident brought goods from other countries and sold them in Litchfield.
He lived in a house on North Street called “The Lindens” because there were so many linden trees in front of it.
He was hired to design and oversee the building of the Litchfield Courthouse in 1795. This was the second courthouse built in Litchfield and featured tall columns.
His daughter, Clarissa Deming, was a student at the Litchfield Female Academy. She married Charles Perkins, a lawyer who studied at the Litchfield Law School.
Julius had a great-grand-daughter named Adelaide Deming, who was a famous artist. She studied with another famous artist named William Merritt Chase. Many of Adelaide's paintings are in the Litchfield History Museum.
Information courtesy of the Litchfield Historical Society
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