Ellery, William,1727–1820, political leader in the American Revolution, signer of the Declaration of Independence, b. Newport, R.I. While a member of the Continental Congress (1776–81, 1783–85), Ellery distinguished himself in committee work pertaining to naval and commercial affairs.
See biography by W. M. Fowler, Jr. (1973).
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Ellery, William(1727–1820) Revolutionary statesman; born in Newport, R.I. He was admitted to the bar in 1770. He served Rhode Island as a delegate to the Continental Congress (1776–81, 1783–85). He signed the Declaration of Independence. He was collector of the port of Newport (1790–1820).
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