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 ...
State Senator (CT) 1822-1824
Comptroller (CT) 1831-1837
Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 4.
Phelps, Oliver Seymour and Andrew Tinkey Servin. The Phelps Family of America and their English Ancestors. Eagle Publishing Co., 1899.
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