ELY, WILLIAM, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Longmeadow, Mass., August 14,
1765; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from Yale College in 1787; studied law; was
admitted to the bar in 1791 and commenced practice in Springfield, Mass.; member of the State house
of representatives 1801-1803; elected as a Federalist to the Ninth and to the four succeeding
Congresses (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1815); again a member of the State house of representatives in
1815 and 1816; died on October 9, 1817, in Springfield, Mass.