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Charles Clinton ELLSWORTH

(1824-1899)

ELLSWORTH, Charles Clinton, a Representative from Michigan; born in West Berkshire, Franklin County, Vt., January 29, 1824; attended the common schools of West Berkshire and the academy at Bakersfield, Vt.; taught school in Vermont one winter; moved to Howell, Livingston County, Mich.; taught school one term; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1848 and commenced practice in Howell, Mich.; prosecuting attorney of Livingston County in 1849; moved to Montcalm County and settled in Greenville in 1851; served as the first president of the village; member of the State house of representatives 1852-1854; prosecuting attorney of Montcalm County in 1853; served in the Union Army as paymaster with the rank of major in 1862; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); was not a candidate for renomination in 1878; resumed the practice of law; died in Greenville, Mich., June 25, 1899; interment in Forest Home Cemetery.

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

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