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ELLMAKER, Amos, jurist, born in New Holland, Lancaster co, Pennsylvania, 2 February 1787; died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 28 November 1851. He was educated at Yale, but not graduated, and studied law at the Litchfield, Connecticut, Law School under Judge Reeve, and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, under Thomas Elder. He was admitted to the bar in 1808, was deputy attorney general for Dauphin County in 1809'12, and served in the legislature in 1812'14. He was appointed president judge of his judicial district, 3 July 1815. In 1814 he accompanied the volunteers to Baltimore as an aide to General Forster. On 30 December 1816, he resigned, to accept the office of attorney general of the state, serving till 1819. In June 1821, he removed to Lancaster and resumed the practice of his profession; He was the anti-Masonic candidate for vice president of the United States in 1832. "Mr. Ellmaker," says Alexander Harris in his " Reminiscences," "was reported to be a good lawyer, and his addresses to the jury when at the bar were clear, distinct, and argumentative."
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