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Ely Warner

May 24, 1785
October 23, 1872
Home Town:
Chester, CT
Later Residences:
Haddam, CT
Middletown, CT
Saybrook, CT
Sarah Ward Warner (November 1, 1817)
Biographical Notes:
Ely Warner was the son of Jonathan and Hephzibah (Ely) Warner. After his admission to the bar, he established his practice in Middletown, CT. In 1816, he moved his practice to Haddam, CT. Warner also worked as a cashier at the East Haddam (CT) Bank.

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.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1807.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Business; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Middletown, CT in 1811
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1825, 1831
Local Posts:
Chief Judge of the County Court (Middlesex County, CT)
Commissioner of the County (Middlesex County, CT) 1855-1857
Surveyor of the County (Middlesex County, CT)

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.

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.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

Coleman, Ronald L. "Learning the Law at Litchfield." Connecticut Bar Journal. vol. 35, no. 3. September 1960.

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