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William Cox ELLIS

(1787-1871)

ELLIS, William Cox, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Fort Muncy, Pa., May 5, 1787; attended the public schools, and was graduated from the Friends’ School near Pennsdale, Lycoming County, Pa., in 1803; deputy surveyor general 1803-1810; cashier of the Union and Northumberland County Bank 1810-1818; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1817 and commenced practice in Muncy, Pa.; elected as a Republican in 1820 to the Seventeenth Congress, but resigned before the Congress assembled; unsuccessful candidate for reelection to fill the vacancy caused by his own resignation; elected as a Jackson Federalist candidate to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1825); member of the State house of representatives in 1825 and 1826; became affiliated with the Republican Party in 1856; resumed the practice of law in Muncy, Pa., and died there December 13, 1871; interment in Muncy Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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