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Henry Thomas Ellett

  • Birth 8 Mar 1812 Salem, Salem County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 15 Oct 1887 Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 8010784

U.S. Congressman. He attended the Latin School in New Jersey, Princeton College, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced the practice of law in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Relocating to Port Gibson, Mississippi, in 1837, he continued the practice of law and was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jefferson Davis, serving January 26 to March 3, 1847, Declining to be a candidate for reelection, he resumed the practice of law and was a member of the Mississippi State Senate, (1853-65). In 1865, he was elected as a judge to the Mississippi State Supreme Court, serving until he resigned in 1868. Moving to Tennessee, he resumed the practice of law and was elected chancellor of the twelfth division of Tennessee, in 1886. While delivering an address of welcome to President Grover Cleveland arriving in Tennessee, he died at age 75.

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  • Added: 22 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8010784
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Thomas Ellett (8 Mar 1812–15 Oct 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8010784, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .