ELLERY, CHRISTOPHER, (nephew of William Ellery), a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Newport, R.I., November 1, 1768;
graduated from Yale College in 1787; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in
Newport; clerk of the superior court of Newport County 1794-1798; elected as a Democratic
Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ray Greene
and served from May 6, 1801, to March 3, 1805; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1804;
appointed by President Thomas Jefferson as United States commissioner of loans at Providence, R.I.,
in 1806; appointed collector of customs at Newport 1820-1834; died in Middletown, R.I., on
December 2, 1840; interment in Island Cemetery, Newport, R.I.