Elihu Harrison papers
Scope and Contents
The papers of Elihu Harrison (1797-1855) consist primarily of his business papers including bills, accounts, receipts, and orders. Elihu Harrison was a storekeeper and business man in Litchfield, first in the South Farms section (now the town of Morris) and later, about 1825, in the center of Litchfield. From the goods he purchased from wholesale merchants in New Haven and New York, it is evident that he ran a general store, selling a variety of dry goods, hardware, and groceries. The business continued in Litchfield until 1836. Elihu Harrison was born in the South Farms section of Litchfield in 1797 and died in Stamford in 1855. He was active in town government and organizations, including serving as Town Clerk from 1826-1836, State Representative in 1832 and 1835, a Justice of the Peace, and secretary fo the Litchfield Female Academy from 1835-1836, and served as a Director of the Phoenix Branch Bank and Litchfield Mutual Fire Insurance Co. The Harrisons were early settlers in South Farms. Elihu's grandfather, also Elihu who died in 1806, ran a tavern in what is now East Morris. Daniel (1770-1811), son of the first Elihu, and Abigail (Goodwin) Harrison were Elihu's parents.
- Created: 1812-1848
- Other: Date acquired: 11/03/1954
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
7.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The papers are arranged into 3 series: Series 1: Business papers; Series 2: Personal and family papers; Series 3: Miscellaneous. . Within Series 1 are sub-series: 1) Wholesale merchants; 2) Bills & receipts; 3) Promissory notes; 4) Accounts; 5) Orders; 6) Business letters.
Source of Acquisition
Mrs. James P. Woodruff
Existence and Location of Originals
multi-part note content
Other Descriptive Information
This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).
This collection is still being processed. There are some item level descriptions in the card catalog for Letters and Miscellaneous.
- Elihu Harrison papers
- Lee S. Cook
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