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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 4380567

Judge Eli Shelby Hammond briefs


This 14-volume collection of briefs, arguments, and court documents was collected by Judge E.S. Hammond (W.D. Tenn.) over the course of his career at the bar and on the bench.


  • 1843 - 1904

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1 collection (3 Paige boxes)

This 14-volume collection of briefs, arguments, and court documents was collected by Judge E.S. Hammond (W.D. Tenn.) over the course of his career at the bar and on the bench.

The cases represented in the collection fall into three general categories: (1) cases argued by Hammond as a lawyer in private practice, (2) cases heard by Judge Hammond in Tennessee federal court, and subsequent procedural history of those cases, and (3) cases argued by colleagues, and cases forwarded to Hammond because the subject matter was of interest, or other reasons.

The earliest documents in the collection, transcripts of fifteen 1843 Supreme Court cases, fall into the third category. Of cases in that category argued by Hammond's colleagues, one David D. Shelby figures prominently. The majority of cases originated in Hammond's native southeast, in the jurisdictions of the 5th or 6th Circuit courts of appeals.

Several documents are annotated by hand, and many bear a blue-penciled "Hammond" marking. The collection is organized alphabetically by party name; a few non-case materials are included at the end of Volume 14.

Biographical / Historical

Eli Shelby Hammond

b. April [2]1, 1838 in Brandon, Mississippi.

d. December 17, 1904 in New York, New York of pneumonia while visiting his daughter.

Twice married, two children.

Graduate of Union University,Murfreesboro, Tennessee,1857;Lebanon Law School, Tennessee, 1858.

Admitted to the Mississippi bar, 1859.

Private practice, Ripley, Mississippi,1859-1860.

Private practice, Memphis, Tennessee, 1860-1861.

Captain, Army of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865.

Private practice, Ripley, Mississippi, 1865-1868 (Davis & Hammond).

Private practice, Memphis, Tennessee, 1868-1878 (Randolph & Hammond).

Appointed to the federal bench by President Rutherford B. Hayes, June 15, 1878.

Confirmed by the Senate and commissioned, June 17, 1878.

Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 1878-1904.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Harvard Law School Library acquired the collection on September 20, 1905 as part of a larger gift of miscellaneous law books from Orlando D. Hammond, Judge Hammond's son, also a lawyer, in an accession of 371 volumes.

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Carter, 2004.

Hammond, Eli Shelby, Judge. Briefs, 1843-1904: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School LibraryCambridge, MA 02138
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Repository Details

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