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Amos Stanhope Ellmaker

February 2, 1787
November 28, 1861
Home Town:
Lancaster County, PA
Later Residences:
Harrisburg, PA
Mary Elder Ellmaker (June 13, 1816)
Biographical Notes:
Amos Stanhope Ellmaker was the son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Fellenbaum) Ellmaker. After being admitted to the bar, he began a long political career. He died in Lancaster, PA.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1805.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Pennsylvania in 1808
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied in the office of James Hopkins, Esq. of Lancaster, PA prior to attending the Litchfield Law School. Aftering completing his courses in Litchfield, CT he studied with Thomas Elder of Harrisburg, PA.
State Posts:
State Representative (PA) 1813-1814
Attorney General (PA) 1816-1819
Presiding Judge of the Twelfth Judicial District (PA) 1815-1816, 1828-1829

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), 6.

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