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Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Justice Elliott was born February 7, 1813, in Richmond, Indiana, and died February 12, 1876, in New Castle, Indiana.169
He was not able to regularly attend local country schools and consequently taught himself enough to become a teacher.170 He studied law with an attorney in Centerville and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1833.171 He held many elective offices, including Assistant Secretary for the Indiana House of Representatives in 1835 and 1837, 6th Judicial Circuit Prosecuting Attorney from 1839 to 1844, and serving as the Henry County Treasurer from 1834 to 1839.172 In 1839, he was elected to a three-year term in the Indiana Senate.173 The general assembly elected him to the position of circuit judge in 1844 at the age of thirty-one.174 In 1851, he resigned to become the president of the Cincinnati, Logansport & Chicago Railroad, but within three years he returned to private law practice.175 He quickly returned to public office. In 1855, he was elected to the position of circuit judge.176 He was elected to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1864.177 After serving one term, he once again returned to private law practice in 1871.178 In his thirty-seven-year career, he served twenty-four years on the bench, eighteen years on circuit courts, and six years on the Indiana Supreme Court.179
169. 1 MONKS, supra note 25, at 255.
170. 1 id.
171. 1 id.
172. 1 id.
173. 1 BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY, supra note 55, at 116.
174. Sketch of Judge and Mrs. Jehu T. Elliot Read to Historical Society, NEW CASTLE COURIER, Nov. 3, 1919, reprinted in 2 INDIANA BIOGRAPHY SERIES, supra note 2, at 128.
177. 1 MONKS, supra note 25, at 255.
178. 1 id.
179. 3 DUNN, supra note 19, at 134.
Source: Browning, Minde C., Richard Humphrey, and Bruce Kleinschmidt. "Biographical Sketches of Indiana Supreme Court Justices." Indiana Law Review: Vol. 30, No. 1, 1997. View this source in PDF format.