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Eli Harris Baxter

November 17, 1799
January 3, 1865
Home Town:
Sparta, GA
Later Residences:
Marshall, TX
Julia Richardson Baxter (December 21, 1819)
Biographical Notes:
Eli Harris Baxter was the fourth son of Andrew Baxter and Elizabeth Harris. Baxter was born on November 17, 1799. He attended the Litchfield Law School in 1818 and began a political career soon after. From 1823 to 1824, Baxter served in the Georgia House of Representatives. He acted as a member of the Georgia Senate from 1832 to 1834 and from 1855 to 1856. Baxter also embarked on a legal career, serving as a Judge on the Northern Circuit Court of Georgia from 1849 to 1853.

On December 21, 1819, Baxter married Julia Richardson of Hancock County, Georgia. He died in Marshall, Texas on January 3, 1865.


Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (GA) 1823-1824
State Senator (GA) 1832-1834
Judge of the Northern Circuit Court (GA) 1849-1853

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, 1849, 16.
Secondary Sources:
Baxter, Miss Frances. The Baxter Family. NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1913.

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