World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Elisha Mills Huntington

Article Id: WHEBN0021814716
Reproduction Date:

Title: Elisha Mills Huntington  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: James Whitcomb, Cannelton Cotton Mill, Thomas H. Blake, John Tyler
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Elisha Mills Huntington

Elisha Mills Huntington
Commissioner of the General Land Office
In office
June 2, 1841 – May 2, 1842
Appointed by John Tyler
Preceded by James Whitcomb
Succeeded by Thomas H. Blake
Personal details
Born (1806-03-29)March 29, 1806
Butternuts, New York
Died October 26, 1862(1862-10-26) (aged 56)
St. Paul, Minnesota
Resting place St. Joseph Cemetery, Terra Haute, Indiana
Political party Whig

Elisha Mills Huntington (March 29, 1806 – October 26, 1862) was an American lawyer, politician, prosecutor, judge and federal jurist.

Born in Butternuts, New York, Huntington moved to Terre Haute, Indiana to join his older brother Nathaniel Huntington. He read law and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1827 on his 21st birthday. "Lish," as he was known, was in private practice in Terre Haute commencing in 1827. While residing in Terre Haute, he was a prosecutor for Indiana's 7th Circuit from 1830-32. He returned to private practrice and was an Indiana state representative from 1832-33. He became a presiding judge of Indiana's 7th Circuit from 1837–41, and later was appointed Commissioner of the U.S. Land Office in Washington, D.C., serving from 1841-42. On April 26, 1842, Huntington was nominated by President John Tyler to a seat as the sole judge of the United States District Court for the District of Indiana, vacated by Jesse L. Holman. Huntington was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 2, 1842, receiving his commission the same day. While serving as judge, he moved for a few years to Perry County, Indiana, where he assisted his brother-in-law Hamilton Smith in the management and operation operation of the Cannelton Cotton Mill. After his second wife, Susan Rudd Fitzhugh, died in 1853, he returned to reside in Terre Haute. He died at age 56 on October 26, 1862 in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he had been hospitalized in an attempt to recover from long-time pulmonary disorder.


  • Federal Judicial Center.
  • Find a Grave


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.