Ellery, William, 1727-1820

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Addressee is Commissioner at the Rev. Mr. Marshall's.

From the description of Letter, 1783, September 1, Philadelphia, to Benjamin Stelle, Philadelphia. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122529391

Representative to U.S. Continental Congress and signer of Declaration of Independence, of Newport, R.I.

From the description of William Ellery autograph letter signed, 1780. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 273925427

William Ellery was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on December 22, 1727. After graduating from Harvard College in 1747, Ellery returned to Newport and established himself as a merchant. As his financial success increased, Ellery became involved in politics, soon establishing himself as a local leader of the Sons of Liberty. By 1769, he had taken up the legal profession, and in March 1776 the Rhode Island Assembly chose Ellery to succeed the deceased Samuel Ward as a member of the Continental Congress. Ellery signed the Declaration of Independence in July 1776 and later served on the Congressional Board of Admiralty. Following the American Revolution, Ellery returned to Newport as a merchant and lawyer, and was appointed a customs collector by George Washington in 1790. Ellery died on February 5, 1820. He had two wives and fathered sixteen children.

From the guide to the William Ellery account and letter book, Ellery, William account and letter book, 1751-1773, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

William Ellery was the First Customs Collector for the port in Newport, Rhode Island.

From the description of Letter to LeRoy Bayard and M. Evers, 1806 Ootober 4. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155866602

Rhode Island jurist, member of Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

From the description of ALS : Newport, R.I., to Benjamin Bourne, 1792 Oct. 22. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122645475

Declaration of Independence signer from Rhode Island.

From the description of Letter to James Madison and portrait, 1804 January 19 and n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 55227944

This volume was prepared by William Ellery, perhaps William Ellery (1759- ), son of Elias and Elizabeth Ellery, who was a sea captain living in Charlestown, Mass.

From the description of Navigational notes, 1774. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 191259320

Jurist and delegate to the U.S. Continental Congress from Rhode Island.

From the description of William Ellery letter, 1784. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70983930

Elected to Continental Congress, 1776-1785; Judge, Supreme Court of Rhode Island, circa 1778-?; First Collector, port of Newport, ?-1820.

From the description of William Ellery autograph and letter fragment, 1811 January 14. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 642169786

Wlliam Ellery (1727-1820), the second son of William Ellery Sr. and Elizabeth Almy, was born on December 22, 1727, in Newport, Rhode Island. Ellery graduated from Harvard College in 1747 and returned to Newport to work first as a merchant, later as a customs collector, and then as the clerk of the court of common pleas of Newport County in 1768-1769. At the age of forty three, Ellery studied law and passed the bar and immediately began to practice in Newport in 1770. In May 1776, Ellery was selected as the Rhode Island delegate for the Continental Congress, filling the vacancy left by the death of Samuel Ward (1725-1776). Ellery remained in this position until 1785, during which time he was among one of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Ellery became a justice of the Rhode Island State Supreme Court in 1785 and was later appointed by the Continental Congress as the commissioner of the Continental Loan Office in 1786. William Ellery served as the first collector of the port of Newport under the new United States Constitution from 1790 until his death in 1820. William Ellery died on February 18, 1820, and is buried in the Common Burial Ground in Newport.

From the guide to the William Ellery letter, Ellery (William) letter, 1798, (Redwood Library and Athenaeum)

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referencedIn Roberdeau, Daniel, 1727-1795. Papers, 1767-1791. Library of Congress
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. ALS, 1765 September 9 : Newport to [Lucy Ellery]. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. Letter to LeRoy Bayard and M. Evers, 1806 Ootober 4. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn William Allen family correspondence, 1802-1872. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Robinson, Elmer E., 1894-1982,. Americana, 1765-1969. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Roberdeau, Daniel, 1727-1795. Daniel Roberdeau papers, 1767-1791. Library of Congress
creatorOf Channing family. Papers, 1685-1915. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. William Ellery notebook, 1896. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Bamberger, Louis, 1855-1944,. Autograph collection, 1683-1929. New Jersey Historical Society Library
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. Letter, 1783, September 1, Philadelphia, to Benjamin Stelle, Philadelphia. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Channing, William Ellery, 1780-1842. William Ellery Channing papers 1791-1892. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Washington Irving's Life of George Washington Miscellany, Volume XI, Miscellany, 1755-1835. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Channing family. Papers II, 1732-1909. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Channing, William Ellery, 1780-1842. Collection of William Ellery Channing manuscripts and letters, 1802-1842. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ellery, William. Account books, 1761-1800. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. Autograph letter signed Wm Ellery to: Benjamin Lincoln April 8, 1796. Wellesley College
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. Autograph letter signed : to Jed. Huntington, 1793 Feb. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. ALS, 1803 October 15 : Newport, [R.I.], to [Mrs.] William Stedman, Lancaster, Massachusetts. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. DS, 1770 May 7, Newport, to Stephen Gardner. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. ALS, 1782 September 1, to General Miller, Newport. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Rosenbach, A. S. W. (Abraham Simon Wolf), 1876-1952,. Signers of the Declaration of Independence autograph collection, 1756-1818. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866,. Jared Sparks collection of documents concerning the American Revolution, 1740-1866. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Henry A. Willard II Collection, 1743-1888, (bulk 1770-1840) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Seymour, Thomas. A record of the Bonner & Ellery families, who came from England & settled in Boston in early days. New England Historic Genealogical Society
creatorOf William Ellery notebook New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816. Letter : [New York], to William Ellery, Newport, R.I., 1790 July 5. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. Account of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, 1818 July 13. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Letters and documents of signers of the Declaration of Independence, 1750-1933. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, E, 1564-1961. Houghton Library.
creatorOf William Ellery account and letter book, Ellery, William account and letter book, 1751-1773 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection (University of Virginia). Portraits of Declaration of Independence signers Thomas Jefferson and William Ellery [manuscript], ca. 1820? University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. William Ellery autograph and letter fragment, 1811 January 14. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. Receipt, signed, 1781 Oct. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Channing, Walter, 1757-1827. Walter Channing papers, 1676-1829, bulk: 1788-1827. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. ALS, 1776 June 21, Philadelphia, Pa., to Gov. Nicholas Cooke. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. ALS : St. Thomas, to Messrs. John Gould & Company, Boston, 1757 May 3. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. ALS : Newport, R.I., to Benjamin Bourne, 1792 Oct. 22. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf William Ellery letter, Ellery (William) letter, 1798 Redwood Library and Athenaeum
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of documents concerning the American Revolution, 1740-1866 . Houghton Library.
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of documents concerning the American Revolution, 1740-1866 . Houghton Library.
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Greene, Howard, 1864-1956. Howard Greene papers, 1683-1956. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. ALS (draft), [1820 Jan. 27], Newport, R.I., to William H. Crawford. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818. Gwathmey collection [manuscript], 1708-1852. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Willard, Henry A. (Henry Augustus), 1902-. Henry A. Willard II collection, 1743-1888 (bulk 1770-1840). Library of Congress
creatorOf Channing, William Ellery, 1780-1842. Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, to "Honor'd Sir" [his grandfather William Ellery], 1802 Nov. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ellery, William. Navigational notes, 1774. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. William Ellery letter, 1784. Library of Congress
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. William Ellery autograph letter signed, 1780. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. Autograph letter signed : Newport, to Jedediah Huntington, 1792 Jun. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. Autograph letter signed, 1780 Mar. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Albert C. Greene Papers, 1804-1863 Rhode Island Historical Society
referencedIn Various. 1988 Library Accessions, 1660-1960. Peabody Essex Museum
creatorOf Ellery, William, 1727-1820. Letter to James Madison and portrait, 1804 January 19 and n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Channing, William Ellery. Papers, 1803-1900. Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
referencedIn Howe, Warren P. Warren P. Howe papers, 1775-1999. U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
referencedIn Johnson, William Samuel, 1727-1819. Papers, 1753-1802. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
North America
Newport (R.I.)
United States
Connecticut--Hartford
United States
United States
United States
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
United States
Subject
General stores
Depreciation
Vegetable gardening
Wharves
Customs administration
Shipping--United States--History
Pennsylvania--History--1775-1865
Navigation
African American consumers
Privateering
Arithmetic
Representatives, U.S. Continental Congress
Debts, Public
Collecting of accounts
Occupation
Delegates, U.S. Continental Congress--Rhode Island
Jurists
Physicians
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Birth 1727-12-02

Death 1820-02-15

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