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Edward John Phelps, 1822-1900

Nationality: American
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth: Middlebury, VT
Date of Death: 1900.03.09
Place of Death: New Haven, CT


The Hon. Edward John Phelps was a lawyer and diplomat.


Phelps was called to the bar in 1843. From 1851-1853, he was the second Comtroller to the US Treasury. He practiced law in New York until 1857 and then returned to Vermont. He became a Democrat and was a member of the Vermont Constitutional Assembly in 1870, and Democratic candidate for Governor of Vermont in 1880. He was one of the founders of the American Bar Association and was its President from 1880-1881, as well as Kent Professor of Law at Yale University from 1881-1900.

Phelps was US Minister to Great Britain from 1885-1889. He lived in London near JW, at 31 Lowndes Square, Chelsea. JW was invited to his farewell dinner in 1889 (see #07040).


The Chelsea, Pimlico and Belgravia Directory, 1886, 1887; Kelly's Directory of Chelsea, Pimlico and Belgravia Directory "Buff Book", 1887; (accessed 2004.06).