Boardman, Elijah, 1760-1823

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Resident of New Milford, Connecticut, and original shareholder in the Connecticut Land Co.

From the description of Letters, 1804-1820. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 18445939

Elijah Boardman (1760-1823) was the third son of deacon Sherman Boardman and Sarah Bostwick, of New Milford, Connecticut. At age 16, he enlisted in the Continental regiment of Colonel Charles Webb. In March 1776, he was stationed in Long Island but his regiment left in October when the British took over the city. Boardman suffered from poor health and spent much of the war bed-ridden with a fever. After the war he became a merchant; he first trained as a clerk in New Haven, Connecticut, then set up his own mercantile business in his home town of New Milford. In 1795, he became a member of the Connecticut Land Company, which purchased and managed a large tract of land in Ohio.

Boardman married Mary Anna Whiting on September 25, 1792. Together they had three daughters and three sons.

In addition to his business pursuits, Boardman was active in local and state politics. He became a member of the State Lower House of Representatives and served there from 1803 to 1805 and again in 1816. He was elected to the State Upper House where he served from 1817 to 1819. In 1819, he ended his merchant activities and devoted his energies to the Connecticut State Senate. He was elected to the United States Senate as a Democratic-Republican, where he served from March 4, 1821, until his death in 1823, while on a visit to Boardman, Ohio. He is buried in New Milford, Connecticut.

William Whiting Boardman (1794-1871) was the eldest son of Elijah and Mary Boardman. He graduated from Yale College, was a probate judge in New Haven, Connecticut, and was elected to the Connecticut State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Walter Gerald Drogue wrote a biography of Elijah Boardman. His research notes and a draft of the biography are in this collection. Drogue was born in New Britain, Connecticut, in December of 1910. He graduated from Yale in 1932, and died in Boston, Massachusetts, in February 1990.

From the guide to the Boardman papers, 1785-1942, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

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referencedIn Perkins, Elias, 1767-1845. Elias Perkins papers, 18th-19th centuries. New London County Historical Society
creatorOf Wadsworth, Elijah, 1747-1817. Family papers, 1792-1868. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Boardman & Seymour (Litchfield, Conn.). Boardman & Seymour records, 1794-1811. Litchfield Historical Society
referencedIn Baldwin, Asa. The Eli Baldwin family papers, ca. 1800-ca. 1900. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Boardman papers, 1785-1942 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Boardman family. Boardman family papers, 1770-1917 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Boardman, Elijah. Letters, 1804-1820. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Lockwood, Josiah. Indenture, 1810 Apr. 27. Lake County Historical Society
creatorOf Wadsworth, Elijah, 1747-1817. Elijah Wadsworth family papers, 1792-1868 [microform]. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Boardman family papers, 1770-1917 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Boardman family. Boardman family papers, 1803-1862. New Haven Colony Historical Society Library
referencedIn Account books of farmers in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, 1755-1917 (inclusive) [microform]. Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
creatorOf Cobb, Carl Boardman,. Papers of Carl Boardman Cobb [manuscript] 1821 and 1980. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Boardman, Elijah, 1760-1823,. Correspondence of the Boardman family [manuscript] 1822-1823. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Account books of farmers in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, 1755-1917 (inclusive). Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
creatorOf Boardman, Elijah, 1760-1823. Boardman papers, 1785-1942. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
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associatedWith Baldwin, Eli, b. 1877. person
associatedWith Boardman family family
associatedWith Boardman family. family
associatedWith Boardman family. family
associatedWith Boardman, Mary Anna, 1767-1848. person
associatedWith Boardman & Seymour (Litchfield, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Boardman, William Whiting, 1794-1871 person
associatedWith Connecticut Land Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Drogue, Walter Gerald, 1910-1990 person
associatedWith Lockwood, Josiah. person
associatedWith Perkins, Elias, 1767-1845. person
associatedWith Wadsworth, Elijah, 1747-1817. person
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Boardman (Ohio)
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New Milford (Conn. : Town)
New Milford (Conn. : Town)
Connecticut
Ohio
Western Reserve (Ohio)
Boardman (Ohio)
Boardman (Ohio)
Connecticut
Ohio
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Senator of the United States
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Birth 1760-03-07

Death 1823-08-18

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