Phelps, Edward John

Phelps, Edward John,

1822–1900, American lawyer and diplomat, b. Middlebury, Vt. He attended (1841–42) Yale law school, was admitted (1843) to the bar, and practiced law in Vermont and later in New York City. He was second comptroller of the U.S. Treasury (1851–53), U.S. minister to Great Britain (1885–89), and senior counsel (1893) for the United States in the arbitration of the Bering SeaBering Sea,
c.878,000 sq mi (2,274,020 sq km), northward extension of the Pacific Ocean between Siberia and Alaska. It is screened from the Pacific proper by the Aleutian Islands. The Bering Strait connects it with the Arctic Ocean.
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 Fur-Seal Controversy with Great Britain. He was a founder and president (1880) of the American Bar Association and taught law at Yale after 1881. His Orations and Essays appeared in 1901.
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