In 1792 Elisha began his legal education under Tapping Reeve in Litchfield, CT. After attending the Law School he briefly clerked with Ambrose Spencer in Hudson, NY, before settling in Spencertown, NY. In 1795 Elisha served on the committee of correspondence for John Jay. That said year he married the daughter of his former guardian and they had five children. In 1799 he was elected to the state general assembly, and then moved his family and practice to Hudson, NY.
He became a leader of the Federalist Party in the state of ...
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.
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