ELY, Smith, Jr. (1825-1911)

ELY, SMITH, JR., a Representative from New York; born in Hanover, Morris County, N.J., April 17, 1825; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from the New York University Law School, New York City, in 1846; was admitted to the bar the same year, but never practiced his profession; engaged in mercantile pursuits in New York City; served as school commissioner 1856-1860; served in the State senate in 1858 and 1859; county supervisor in 1860-1870; commissioner of public instruction in 1867; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; elected to the Forty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1875, to December 11, 1876, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Forty-fourth Congress); mayor of New York City in 1877 and 1878; appointed commissioner of parks in 1895 and served until 1897, when he retired from public life; died in Livingston, Essex County, N.J., July 1, 1911; interment in a private cemetery on his farm at Livingston.

Bryn Mawr College
The Adelman Collection
Bryn Mawr, PA
Papers: In the Hamilton Fish Papers, 1839, 1 item.
An assignment of a lease, transferring the lease for a plot of land in New York City. The transfer is for Peter Gerard Stuyvesant's land from Smith Ely to Caleb Barnett. Hamilton Fish authored the assignment of the lease, acting as attorney for Peter Gerard Stuyvesant.


New-York Historical Society
Manuscript Department
New York, NY
Papers: 1888-1889, 1 volume.
Consists of a volume containing typewritten copies of letters written by Smith Ely to his sister Maria Louise Vanderpoel and to his brother Ambrose Kitchell Ely while traveling in Europe and North Africa. The letters contain Smith Ely's impressions of various countries including: England, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Spain, and Morocco.