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Elisha Phelps
Elisha Phelps.jpg
Portrait of Elisha Phelps by Elkanah Tisdale
Personal details
BornNovember 16, 1779
Simsbury, Connecticut
DiedApril 6, 1847 (aged 67)
Political partyDemocratic-Republican; National Republican

Elisha Phelps (November 16, 1779 – April 6, 1847) was a United States Representative from Connecticut. He was the son of Noah Phelps and father of John Smith Phelps who was a United States Representative from Missouri. He was born in Simsbury, Connecticut. In 1800, he was graduated from Yale College and from Litchfield Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1803 and began practice in Simsbury.

Phelps was member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1807, 1812, and 1814-1818. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1821). He was again a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1821 and served as speaker. He served in the Connecticut Senate 1822-1824 and was elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1829). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1828. After leaving Congress, he was Connecticut comptroller 1831-1837 and again a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1829 and 1835 and served as speaker in 1829. He was appointed a commissioner to revise and codify the state laws in 1835.

Amos Eno House
Amos Eno House

Phelps died in Simsbury in 1847 and was buried in Hop Meadow Cemetery.

His home, which he built in 1820, has been renamed the Amos Eno House, after a subsequent owner. It still stands in Simsbury and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

References

  • United States Congress. "Elisha Phelps (id: P000294)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Preceded by
James Thomas
Connecticut State Comptroller
1830–1834
Succeeded by
Roger Huntington
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel B. Sherwood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's at-large congressional district

1819-1821
Succeeded by
Noyes Barber
Preceded by
Ebenezer Stoddard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's at-large congressional district

1825-1829
Succeeded by
William L. Storrs
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