Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863

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Ohio lawyer, Whig Congressman, and Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury.

From the description of Letter, 1858 August 9, Canfield, Ohio, to Charles Lanman, Norwich, Conn. (University of Toledo). WorldCat record id: 13827736

Lawyer, U.S. Representative from Ohio for eight terms from 1823-1838, and comptroller of the Treasury under Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Lincoln. A resident of Canfield, Ohio, Whittlesey was prosecuting attorney for the entire Western Reserve from 1807-1823, and was an officer and private secretary to Gen. Wm. Henry Harrison during the War of 1812. As a circuit lawyer, Whittlesey specialized in land cases, and his business interests were in the handling of eastern capital invested in Ohio lands. Affiliated with the Natl. Republican and Whig parties, Whittlesey was a typical conservative state leader of the 19th century, primarily concerned with economic matters affecting the growth of Ohio. Active in the American Colonization Society, he believed in expatriation as the answer to the slavery problem.

From the description of Papers, 1811-1863. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 22341968

Representative from Ohio. First Comptroller of the Treasury.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, to Edward Bates, 186? Jun. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270588565

Lawyer, U.S. Representative from Ohio (1822-38), and public official.

From the description of Papers, 1783-1863 / Elisha Whittlesey. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 19796976

First comptroller of the treasury of the United States.

From the description of Letter, 1857. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367405150

Representative from Ohio; born in Washington, Conn., October 19, 1783; in early youth moved with his parents to Salisbury, Conn.; attended the common schools at Danbury; studied law in Danbury; was admitted to the bar of Fairfield County and practiced in Danbury and Fairfield County; also practiced in New Milford, Conn., in 1805; moved to Canfield, Mahoning County, Ohio, in 1806; practiced law and taught school; prosecuting attorney of Mahoning County; served as military and private secretary to Gen. William Henry Harrison and as brigade major in the Army of the Northwest in the War of 1812; member of the State house of representatives in 1820 and 1821; elected to the Eighteenth through Twenty-second Congresses, elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-third Congress, and elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Congresses and served from March 4, 1823, to July 9, 1838, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Claims (Twenty-first through Twenty-fifth Congresses); Sixth Auditor of the Treasury from March 18, 1841, until December 18, 1843, when he resigned and resumed the practice of law in Canfield; appointed general agent of the Washington Monument Association in 1847; appointed by President Taylor as First Comptroller of the Treasury and served from May 31, 1849, to March 26, 1857, when he was removed by President Buchanan; was reappointed by President Lincoln April 10, 1861, and served until his death in Washington, D.C., January 7, 1863; interment in the Canfield Village Cemetery, Canfield, Mahoning County, Ohio.

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From the description of Elisha Whittlesey papers, 1842-1856 (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 527805796

Elisha Whittlesey (1783-1863) was a lawyer and politician who practiced in Canfield, Ohio. Born in Litchfield, Connecticut, he studied law in the office of his brother, Mathew Beale Whittlesey, in Danbury, Connecticut. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1805 and moved with his wife to the Western Reserve in 1806 where he served as the prosecuting attorney from 1807-1823. Whittlesey joined the Ohio Militia in 1806 and during the War of 1812 he was the private secretary to General William Henry Harrison. He was a senior partner with Eben Newton in a large, well known law practice, specializing in land issues. He invested in land and banks in the Western Reserve as well.

Whittlesey served two terms in the Ohio Assembly beginning in 1820, and from 1823-1838 he served in the United States Congress, first as a National Republican and then as a Whig. From 1849-1857 and again in 1861-1863, he served as the comptroller of the United States Treasury.

Beginning in 1836, he was an active member of the American Colonization Society, serving as Vice President and Chairman of the Executive Committee. Whittlesey married Polly Mygatt in 1806, and they had ten children.

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From the guide to the Elisha Whittlesey Papers, 1769-1869, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Elisha Whittlesey (1783-1863) was a lawyer and politician who practiced in Canfield, Ohio. Born in Litchfield, Connecticut, he studied law in the office of his brother, Mathew Beale Whittlesey, in Danbury, Connecticut. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1805 and moved with his wife to the Western Reserve in 1806 where he served as the prosecuting attorney from 1807-1823. Whittlesey joined the Ohio Militia in 1806 and during the War of 1812 he was the private secretary to General William Henry Harrison. He was a senior partner with Eben Newton in a large, well known law practice, specializing in land issues. He invested in land and banks in the Western Reserve as well.

Whittlesey served two terms in the Ohio Assembly beginning in 1820, and from 1823-1838 he served in the United States Congress, first as a National Republican and then as a Whig. From 1849-1857 and again in 1861-1863, he served as the comptroller of the United States Treasury.

Beginning in 1836, he was an active member of the American Colonization Society, serving as Vice President and Chairman of the Executive Committee. Whittlesey married Polly Mygatt in 1806, and they had ten children.

View the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History entry for Elisha Whittlesey

From the guide to the Elisha Whittlesey Papers, Series II, 1801-1863, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

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referencedIn Hale Family Papers, 1698-1916, (bulk 1810-1909) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IId, 1837-1844 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Buchanan, James, 1791-1868. Letter, 1827 December 13, Washington, [to] Thomas Elder, Harrisburg, Pa. University of Toledo, William S. Carlson Library
creatorOf Elisha Whittlesey Papers, Series II, 1801-1863 Western Reserve Historical Society
referencedIn Geary, John White, 1819-1873. John White Geary papers, 1855-1871. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863. Letter, 1857. American Primers
creatorOf Hammond, Charles, 1779-1840. Papers, 1793-1840. Library of Congress
referencedIn Clayton, John M. (John Middleton), 1796-1856. John M. Clayton papers, 1798-1868 (bulk 1819-1850). Library of Congress
creatorOf Whittlesey, Charles, 1808-1886. Papers, 1827-1897. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Jonas P. Levy papers, Levy, Jonas P. papers, 1823-1907, 1855-1860, 1868-1882 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Sloane, John, 1799-1856. Papers 1809-1877. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn John White Geary papers, 1855-1871 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863. Papers, 1811-1863. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Terry family papers, 1795-1939 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Cooke, Eleutheros, 1787-1864. Papers 1836-1856 Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Beard, Jedediah. War of 1812 : collection of papers, 1792-1876. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Parsons Family Papers, 1769-1878 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Tappan, Abraham, 1779-1855. Papers, 1803-1852 / Abraham Tappan. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Evans, Anna G. De Neufville, 1795-. Papers, 1782-1874. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Vance, Joseph, 1786-1852. Papers 1808-1838. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Everett, Alexander Hill, 1790-1847. Hale family papers, 1698-1916 (bulk 1810-1909). Library of Congress
creatorOf Fitch, Orramel H., 1803-1882. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf United States Mint. Records of San Francisco branch of the United States Mint, 1856-1899. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863. Elisha Whittlesey papers, 1839-[ca. 1866]. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Davison, Kenneth E. Forgotten Ohioan: Elisha Whittlesey, 1783-1862 ... Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of doctor of philosophy, Department of History, Western Reserve University ... Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Kelley, Irad, 1791-1875. Irad Kelley papers, 1811-1910 [microform]. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863. Papers, 1783-1863 / Elisha Whittlesey. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Graham, John Lorimer, 1797-1876. Papers of John Lorimer Graham, 1786-1875. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Gallagher, William D., 1808-1894. Papers 1840-1856. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Warner, Jonathan. Jonathan Warner family papers, 1804-1996 (1804-1866). Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Washburn, George G., 1821-1898. Correspondence, 1850-1896 / George G. Washburn. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Parsons, Enoch, 1769-1846. Parsons family papers, 1769-1878. Library of Congress
referencedIn Franklin, Thomas, d. 1830. Letter book, 1791-1809. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Kelley, Irad, 1791-1875. Papers, 1811-1910. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Williams, Micajah Terrell, 1792-1844. Papers, 1741,1802-1906. Library of Congress
referencedIn War of 1812 mss., 1776-1879 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Benjamin Tappan papers, 1795-1900 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863. Letter, 1858 August 9, Canfield, Ohio, to Charles Lanman, Norwich, Conn. University of Toledo, William S. Carlson Library
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Whittlesey, Charles, 1808-1886. Papers, 1806-1909 / Charles Whittlesey. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Terry family. Terry family papers, 1795-1939 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863. Autograph letter signed : Washington, to Edward Bates, 186? Jun. 29. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Bingham, W. mss., 1752-1891 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
referencedIn Benjamin Tappan Papers, 1795-1900, (bulk 1795-1866) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863. Elisha Whittlesey papers, 1842-1856 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863. Papers 1815-1860. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Atkins, Quintus Flaminius, 1782-1859. Papers, 1805-1854. Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes Presidential Center
creatorOf Whittlesey, Charles, 1808-1886. Charles Whittlesey papers, 1806-1909 [microform]. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Elisha Whittlesey Papers, 1769-1869 Western Reserve Historical Society
creatorOf Whittlesey, William Wallace, 1820-1890. Papers, 1830-1869. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Benjamin Tappan papers, 1795-1900 (bulk 1795-1866). Library of Congress
referencedIn Kellogg, Miner K. (Miner Kilbourne), 1814-1889. Miner Kilbourne Kellogg papers, 1842-1882. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Barbour, J. S. (John Strode), 1790-1855. Letter, 1829 February 10, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., to Editor of National Intelligencer. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Wadsworth, Frederick, 1786-1869. History of Canfield, Ohio / by the Hon. Frederick Wadsworth and Elisha Whittlesey. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Hine, Homer H., 1776-1856. Papers, 1796-1857. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891,. Draper manuscripts: Pittsburgh and Northwest Virginia papers, 1768-1854. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn John M. Clayton Papers, 1798-1868, (bulk 1819-1850) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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Birth 1783-10-19

Death 1863-01-07

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