Herman Alricks letters
Herman Alricks was born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, on August 27, 1803, and moved with his parents to Harrisburg, where he worked with his father as a clerk for the Dauphin County Orphans' Court. Alricks studied law with Thomas Elder while working at the court, and eventually went into practice with him before opening his own law office. Throughout his successful professional career, Alricks maintained a commitment to the Orphans' Court. In 1863, he served for a few months as an orderly sergeant in the Pennsylvania militia. Alricks married Mary Elder Kerr on December 15, 1831, and they had five surviving children. He died on January 28, 1874.