Isaac Henry Townsend was born in the City of New Haven, April 25th, 1803. He was graduated Bachelor of Arts at Yale College in 1822, completed his course in the Law School of this Institution in 1824, and was then admitted to the Bar of New Haven County. His ability and industry soon gained him a high rank in his profession. In 1842 he became an associate of the late Judge Hitchcock, in the direction of the Law School of the College. For this station he was eminently fitted, and he discharged its duties with great fidelity and success. At the reorganization of this Department in 1846, he was one of the three Professors of Law then chosen, and he continued to perform the duties of this office until his death. He died suddenly January 11th, 1847, in the 44th year of his age. In 1843, Mr. Townsend presented to the Corporation of this College $1000, on condition that the income thereof be annually distributed in five premiums to members of the Senior Class, for the best specimens of English composition. This portrait was painted by N. Jocelyn, in 1847. [P. 27.]
Catalogue of Paintings, belonging to Yale College; deposited in the South Room of the Trumbull Gallery. New Haven: Printed by B.L. Hamlen, Printer to Yale College. 1852.