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William Ely (August 14, 1765 – October 9, 1817) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Early life and education

Ely was born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts on August 14, 1765. He was the youngest son[1] of Deacon Nathaniel Ely (1716–1799) and Abigail (Colton) Ely (1724–1770); his mother died when he was 5.

Ely completed preparatory studies. He was graduated from Yale College in 1787. He studied law. Ely was admitted to the bar in 1791.


Following this, Ely commenced practice in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Ely served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1801–1803.

Ely married Abigail Bliss about November 1, 1803.[1]

Ely was elected as a Federalist to the Ninth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1805 – March 4, 1815).

Ely was again a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1814 and 1816.


Ely died on October 9, 1817, in Springfield, Massachusetts; his wife survived him but died in 1827. They are buried in Springfield Cemetery.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

  1. ^ a b c d Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (1907), Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College With Annals of the College History Vol. IV, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, p. 541.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Dwight
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1805 – March 4, 1815
Succeeded by
Elijah H. Mills