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Elbert Hartwell English (6 Mar 1816 - 1 Sep 1884)
migration: Madison Co., Alabama - to Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas


Arkansas State Supreme Court justice, Elbert Hartwell English was born near Capshaw's Mountain, Madison County, Alabama, the son of James English and Mary Nancy McCracken. His father was a farmer and a soldier in the War of 1812. Elbert attended the country schools and graduated from the academy at Athens.

Elbert began the study of law in 1837 in the office of George Houston and he was admitted to the bar in 1839 and practiced law in Athens until 1844. At that time he moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he practiced law for ten years. He was appointed a supreme court reported that year and given charge of the statutes reports in 1846.

In 1854 English was elected chief justice of the supreme court of Arkansas to fill the unexpired term of Justice Watkins and was reelected for a full term in 1860. Justice English continued on the bench during the Civil War and then resumed the practice of law in Little Rock. Upon the adoption of the constitution in 1874, he was again elected chief justice, serving until his death in 1884. Judge English's rulings made a considerable effect on the laws of Arkansas.

Elbert Hartwell English married twice, first in 1840 to Julia Fisher of Alabama who bore him three children, Peyton, Elberta, and Macklin. His second wife was Mrs. Susan Wheless. Judge English died in Asheville, North Carolina.

American Genealogical Research Institute
Heritage Press, Inc.
Washington, D.C.; 1978

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