ELLIOTT, James, Congress, MA (1775-1839)


ELLIOTT, James, a Representative from Vermont; born in Gloucester, Mass., August 18, 1775; during his early years worked on a farm and clerked in a store; moved to Guilford, Vt., in 1790; served as a sergeant in the Indian war of 1793 in Ohio; published several works of poems and essays in 1798; clerk of the State house of representatives 1801-1803; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1803 and commenced practice in Brattleboro, Vt.; elected as a Federalist to the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Congresses (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1809); published a newspaper in Philadelphia, Pa., on his retirement from Congress; served in the War of 1812 for a short time as captain; resumed the practice of law in Brattleboro, Vt.; clerk of the Windham County Court 1817-1835; member of the State house of representatives in 1818 and 1819; moved to Newfane, Vt.; register of the probate court 1822-1834; again served in the State house of representatives in 1837 and 1838; State’s attorney of Windham County 1837-1839; died in Newfane, Vt., November 10, 1839; interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, Vt.

Huddleston, Eugene L. “Indians and Literature of the Federalist Era: The Case of James Elliott.” New England Quarterly 44 (June 1971): 221-37.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present