Strangers to Us All Lawyers and Poetry

Stephen Selwyn Harding

Utah & Colorado

--Lawyer, politician, and judge, from Ripley County, Indiana

Governor of Utah Territory (1862-1863)
Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court (1863-1865)

[Source: Stephen Selwyn Harding Papers, Indiana Historical Society] [includes "speeches, stories and poems, written by Harding . . ."]

"Stephen Selwyn Harding was a native of New York, born in Ontario County, February 24, 1808. In 1820 his parents removed to Ripley County, Indiana. He had few school advantages, but was an omnivorous reader. He studied law at Brookville, and in 1828, opened an office at Richmond. Six months later he went to New Orleans to practice, but returned to Versailles in 1829, and soon built up a large practice there." [Jacob Piatt Dunn, Indiana and Indianans 515 (Chicago: The American Historical Society, 1919)(vol. 1)] [online text]