Romeo Elton

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Romeo Elton
Born February 2, 1817
Died May 24, 1889
Nationality American
Occupation academic
Spouse(s) Emeline Elton
Children William C. Elton
Samuel Elton

Romeo Elton (1817-1889) was an American academic and author.


Early life[edit]

Romeo Elton was born on February 2, 1817 in Burlington, Connecticut, where he grew up.[1][2]


He was a Professor of Latin and Greek Languages at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.[3] He also served on the Board of Trustees of Brown University.[3]

He wrote two books and co-wrote a third one. Together with Roger Williams, he wrote about the civic and religious affairs in colonial Rhode Island. On his own, he wrote about Roger Williams (1603-1683), an early Rhode Island Protestant pastor, and Jonathan Maxcy (1768-1820), the second President of Brown University.

He served as Second Vice President of the Rhode Island Historical Society in 1837.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married Emeline Elton (1819-1906).[1] They had two sons:

  • William C. Elton (1843-1863).[1]
  • Samuel Elton (1849-1850).[1]

He died on May 24, 1889, at the age of seventy-two.[1] He was buried in the Burlington Center Cemetery in Burlington, Connecticut.[1]


The Elton Tavern in Burlington, Connecticut is named in his honor.[5]

The Romeo Elton Professorship in Natural Theology is an endowed chair at Brown University also named in his honor.[6] It is currently held by Professor Richard G. Heck in the Department of Philosophy.[6]


  • An Historical Discourse on the Civil and Religious Affairs of the Colony of Rhode-Island (with John Callender, Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1838).
  • Life of Roger Williams: The Earliest Legislator and True Champion for a Full and Absolute Liberty of Conscience (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1842).
  • The Literary Remains of the Rev. J. Maxcy: With a Memoir of His Life (1844).


  1. ^ a b c d e f FindAGrave
  2. ^ Connecticut History Online: Romeo Elton family, Burlington.
  3. ^ a b The Catalogue of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island: Brown University Press, 1836, pp. 4-5 [1]
  4. ^ Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society: Callender, J. An historical discourse, on the civil and religious affairs of the colony of Rhode-Island, 1838, Volume , p. 271 [2]
  5. ^ Burlington Historical Society: A Brief History of the Elton Tavern Continued...
  6. ^ a b Brown University Department of Philosophy: Richard G. Heck