In 1817, Warner married Sarah Ward and they had five sons and three daughters.
Warner became very involved in local politics serving as the Surveyor of Middlesex County, Chief Judge of the County Court, and Commissioner of Middlesex County. He also served briefly as a State Representative in 1825 and again in 1831. In 1837, he retired to his farm in Chester, CT. Warner died at the age of eighty-eight. He had been the oldest practicing lawyer in his county.
Commissioner of the County (Middlesex County, CT) 1855-1857
Surveyor of the County (Middlesex County, CT)
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.
Warner, Ely. A system of law in, a series of lectures, delivered, ore tenus at Litchfield (Conn.) from June 1808 to September 1809 by Tapping Reeve and James Gould, taken down in notes at their offices in Litchfield and transcribed in three volumes by Ely Warner, Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1808, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Coleman, Ronald L. "Learning the Law at Litchfield." Connecticut Bar Journal. vol. 35, no. 3. September 1960.
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