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Edward Arah Phelps

March 26, 1808
October 19, 1885
Home Town:
Colebrook, CT
Later Residences:
Colebrook, CT
Elizabeth Carrington Phelps (January 23, 1833)
Sophia Swazey Phelps (February 6, 1850)
Biographical Notes:
Edward A. Phelps, only son of Capt. Arah and Eltham (Mills) Phelps, was born in North Colebrook, CT, March 26, 1808, and died there, October 19, 1885. His father was a distinguished soldier of the Revolutionary War.

He attended the schools of his town and entered Norwich Academy in Norwich, VT in 1825 and graduated in 1828. He then attended the Litchfield Law School but feeling that his father needed his assistance in the management of his large estate, gave up the law and returned to the family homestead. He eventually inherited the house and land lived there until his death. The estate, under his able management, became one of the most productive in the State and noted for its prize herd of dairy cattle.

He was director of the Hurlburt National Bank of Winsted, Conn.

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Other Education:
Attended a military school in Vermont.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Agriculture; Military; Political Office
Political Party:
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1840-1841, 1851

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

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, 1848), 23.
Secondary Sources:
Phelps, Oliver Seymour and Andrew Tinkey Servin. The Phelps Family of America and their English Ancestors. Eagle Publishing Co., 1899.

Ellis, William Arba.,ed. Norwich University, 1819-1911; Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor. Montpelier, VT: The Capital City Press, 1911.

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