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William B. Ellery
Birth: Dec. 22, 1727
Newport
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Feb. 15, 1820
Newport
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island. He attended Harvard University, and upon graduation, married Ann Remington, with whom he would have six children. He tried to be an attorney, but colonial law didn't always provide a steady income. When his wife died in 1764, he then married Abigail Carey, with whom he had ten more children. Unable to make a successful living as an attorney, he became a merchant, which he successfully made a good living at for the next twenty years. Finally, sufficiently wealthy to pursue his dream, he became a lawyer in 1769. Ellery was known as a gentle and kind man, and loved to garden, spending his free time growing flowers and vegetables. However, when the Stamp Act and the Intolerable Acts began to hurt the colonists, he quickly joined Newport's Sons of Liberty. In March 1776, Samuel Ward, one of the Rhode Island delegates to the Second Continental Congress died of smallpox, and William Ellery was selected to replace him. Ellery would serve in the Continental Congress from 1776 until 1781, and in the Congress of the Confederation from 1783 until 1785. The British did not forget that he signed the Declaration of Independence, and in December 1776, they seized the town of Newport and burned the Ellery family home to the ground. Ellery would have to borrow money from his friends to pay his expenses. Continuing to serve his country in the Congress, one of Ellery's last acts was an unsuccessful attempt to end the practice of slavery in the country. In those days, important people usually traveled by carriage, however, Ellery preferred to travel by horse, and soon became known as the "Congressman on Horseback" for his many travels about Rhode Island to meet his constituents. In 1786, he became the commissioner of the Continental Loan Office for the state of Rhode Island. He served as collector of customs for the city of Newport, RI, from 1790 until his death in 1820. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Ellery (1701 - 1764)
  Elizabeth Almy Ellery (1703 - 1783)
 
 Spouse:
  Ann Remington Ellery (1724 - 1764)*
 
 Sibling:
  Benjamin Ellery (1725 - 1797)**
  William B. Ellery (1727 - 1820)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Common Burying Ground
Newport
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 28, 1998
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May the Lord bless you cousin William and Happy 4th of July. Blessings and honor to you for all you did in the founding of our great country
- vl beck
 Added: Jul. 2, 2014

- MFPS
 Added: Feb. 15, 2014
RIP
- Mike Caldwell
 Added: Feb. 15, 2014
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