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"A lawyer of Brattleboro, Vermont, of much local prominence."
[Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors 482 (New York:
"He was born at Gloucester, Mass., Aug. 18, 1775.
His father dying at sea when he was an infant, his mother moved
to New Salem, near her relatives. He worked in a store at age seven,
but at age fourteen he migrated north to Guilford, Vt., continuing
at the same vocation. A natural student, he gave much time to reading
and discussion. In 1783 he enlisted as a petty officer in the national
army. He served with honor, and returned to Guilford in August 1796.
Here he kept store, studied law, and began practising in 1800, with
his brother Samuel as partner. At Brattleboro, where he now lived,
he married Lucy Dow, by whom he had two children. He was clerk of
the Vermont House of Representatives (1801-2); Representative to
Congress (1803-9); member of the Vermont House (1818-19); Clerk
of Windham County Court (1819-20 and 1826-36); Register of Probate
(1822-34); States Attorney (1837-8). He died Nov. 10, 1839. He was
an ardent Jeffersonian Democrat, but a firm friend of William Henry
Harrison, with whom he had served in the Indian wars."
James Elliott, The Poetical and Miscellaneous Works of James Elliott citizen of Guilford, Vermont, and late a noncommissioned officer in the Legion of the United States: in four books (Greenfield, Massachusetts: Printed by Thomas Dickman, for the author, 1798)
Eugene L. Huddleston, Indians and Literature of the Federalist Era: The Case of James Elliott, 44 New England Quarterly 221-237 (June, 1971)