Elisha Phelps Edit Profile
In 1800, he was graduated from Yale College and from Litchfield Law School.
He was admitted to the bar in 1803 and began practice in Simsbury. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1821). He served in the Connecticut Senate 1822-1824 and was elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1829).
He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1828. He was appointed a commissioner to revise and codify the state laws in 1835. Phelps died in Simsbury in 1847 and was buried in Hop Meadow Cemetery.
His home, which he built in 1820, has been renamed the Amos Eno House, after a subsequent owner. It still stands in Simsbury and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Phelps was member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1807, 1812, and 1814-1818. He was again a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1821 and served as speaker. After leaving Congress, he was Connecticut comptroller 1831-1837 and again a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1829 and 1835 and served as speaker in 1829.