Ellsworth, William W.

1840 DS as Connecticut Governor to New York Governor Wm. H. Seward, warrant for extradition with initialled docket by Seward

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(1791-1868) Son of Oliver Ellsworth (1745-1807, Connecticut Framer of US Constitution, father of the Judiciary Act, Chief Justice of US 1796-1800), son-in-law of Noah Webster. Yale-educated lawyer (classmate of Samuel F. B. Morse), he was 30th Governor of Connecticut, a 3-term Congressman, and State Supreme Court justice. Graduated from Yale College 1810, studied law at Tapping Reeve's Litchfield Law School, admitted to the bar in 1811. He was appointed professor of law at Trinity College in 1827, which position he held until his death. His law partner starting in 1817 was his brother-in-law, Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court Thomas Scott Williams, who was elected to Congress that year and sought a younger partner to manage his practice in his absence. At 26, Ellsworth took up Williams' law practice, the largest in the state. An Anti-Jacksonian, Ellsworth served in Congress 1829-34 when he resigned. Elected Governor of Connecticut 1838-1842. During his tenure, a progressive method for voter registration was constituted and a school commission was founded. In 1847, Ellsworth became judge of the Connecticut Supreme Court and served to 1861, when, by the constitutional provision relative to age, he retired. He twice declined to accept the nomination to the United States Senate, and retired from public life. Partly printed 10 x 8 DS as Governor completed in another hand, Litchfield, February 15 1840, to Governor William H. Seward of New York, warrant for the extradition of James Norris of New York charged with the crime of “cheating by false pretenses” punishable by “fine & imprisonment as a high misdemeanor”. With red wax seal at lower left. At top left, Seward writes “Let a warrant issue/W.H.S./& send the same to Gov. Ellsworth.” William H. Seward (1801-1872) New York Governor 1839-43, Senator 1849-61, a founder of the Republican Party. Rival of Lincoln for 1860 GOP presidential nomination, Secretary of State 1861-69.

Condition: Very good, light toning, 3 mount remnant dots at left edge verso
Type:Document






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