ELLSWORTH, William Wolcott

1791–1868

Biography

ELLSWORTH, William Wolcott, (son of Oliver Ellsworth), a Representative from Connecticut; born in Windsor, Conn., November 10, 1791; completed preparatory studies, and was graduated from Yale College in 1810; studied law in Litchfield, Conn.; was admitted to the bar in 1813 and practiced; appointed professor of law at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., in 1827, which position he held until his death; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first, Twenty-second, and Twenty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1829, to July 8, 1834, when he resigned; Governor of Connecticut 1838-1842; judge of the State supreme court from 1847 to 1861, when, by the constitutional provision relative to age, he was retired; twice declined to accept the nomination to the United States Senate; retired from public life; died in Hartford, Conn., January 15, 1868; interment in the Old North Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Connecticut Historical Society

Hartford, CT
Papers: 1844-1869, 2 boxes. Includes correspondence between William Wolcott Ellsworth and Chauncey Goodrich, Henry Jones, G. & C. Merriam, Henry Trowbridge and W. G. Webster.

Connecticut State Library

Hartford, CT
Papers: In the Office of the Governor Records, 1838-1842, amount unknown. The collections contain incoming letters to Governor William Wolcott Ellsworth. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Oliver Ellsworth Papers, 1762-1907, 3.4 linear feet. Family members represented include William Wolcott Ellsworth. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: June 17, 1841. 1 official letter. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ellsworth, William Wolcott. A copy-right manual. Boston: O. Ellsworth, 1862.

------. Speech of Mr. Ellsworth, on the question of the removal of the deposites. Delivered in the House of Representatives, March 27, 1834. Washington: Printed by Gales & Seaton, 1834.

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