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Oliver Ellsworth Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Ellsworth, Oliver, 1745-1807.

Oliver Ellsworth, a delegate and a senator from Connecticut was born in Windsor, Conn., on April 29, 1745. He attended Yale College and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1766. In his junior year at Princeton, he and others founded the Well Meaning Club, which later became the Cliosophic Society. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1771. Ellsworth was appointed Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1796.

The collection consists of correspondence, engravings, documents, and printed material related to Oliver Ellsworth. Correspondents include Charles Chauncey, Blair Lee, Gen. Joseph Reed, Lemuel Roberts, and William Seymour. Two of the portrait engravings are by John Trumbull.

Arranged by accession number.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Various AM.

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Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 7, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Letter from Oliver Ellsworth to Lemuel Roberts, Esq., legal papers, 1785 February 13. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Draft Letter from Oliver Ellsworth to Gideon Granger, 1802 March 17. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Oliver Ellsworth to Gen. Joseph Reed. Committee of Congress are ready to confer with committee of the Supreme Executive Council and Assembly of Pennsylvania, 1780 May 22. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Oliver Ellsworth to Honorable Mr. Seymour concerning veteran's pensions bills in Congress, 1792 March 17. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters from Oliver Ellsworth to Charles Chauncey, Bland Lee, Result of a Suit, 1775-1795. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Portraits of Oliver Ellsworth, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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