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Edward John Phelps

  • Birth 11 Jul 1822 Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, USA
  • Death 9 Mar 1900 New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
  • Burial Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
  • Memorial ID 14983596

Attorney and diplomat. The son of Senator Samuel Phelps, he graduated from Middlebury College in 1840, studied law at Yale, and began practicing in 1843. From 1851 to 1853 he was Second Comptroller of the US Treasury. Phelps was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1880. He was a founder of the American Bar Association, serving as president from 1880 to 1881. He was professor of law at Yale, the University of Vermont and Boston University from 1881 to 1887. From 1885 to 1889 he was Ambassador to Great Britain. President Cleveland intended to appoint him as U.S. chief justice in 1888, but did not out of concern that his work in Great Britain would cause Democrats to lose the support of Irish-Americans.

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  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 19 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14983596
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward John Phelps (11 Jul 1822–9 Mar 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14983596, citing Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .