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Embree, Elisha

Born: 1801-09-28 Lincoln County, Kentucky

Died: 1863-02-28 Princeton, Indiana

Elisha Embree was lawer, judge, and U.S. representative. In 1811, Embree moved with his father from his native state to Indiana, settling in Gibson County near where Princeton would be located. Receiving little formal education, Embree engaged in agricultural pursuits and studied law, gaining admission to the Indiana bar in 1836. He was a judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Indiana from 1835 to 1845. In 1846, Embree won election, as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving until 1849. An unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1848, Embree returned to Princeton, where he resumed his law practice and engaged in farming.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 997; Gravestone, Warnock Cemetery, Princeton, IN.