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ROBERTS, Ellis Henry, journalist, born in Utica, New York, 30 September, 1827. He was prepared for college at Whitestown seminary and was graduated at Yale in 1850, was principal of the Utica academy, taught Latin in the female seminary, became editor and proprietor of the Utica "Morning Herald " in 1850, served in the legislature in 1867, and was a delegate to the National Republican conventions of 1864, 1868, and 1876. He was elected to congress as a Republican, serving on the committee of ways and means from 4 March, 1871, till 3 March, 1875, after which he restarted the control, of his paper in Utica, which he now (1888) continues, and to which he contributed in 1873 a series of letters entitled "To Greece and Beyond." He was a defeated candidate for congress in 1876. Hamilton college gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1869, and Yale in 1884. He has been president of the Fort Schuyler club, and is now (1888) president of the Oneida historical society. He delivered an address in Elmira, New York, on 29 August, 1879, at the Centennial celebration of the battle of New-town, and a course of lectures on "Government Revenue" at Cornell and Hamilton in 1884, which were published (Boston, 1884). Mr. Roberts is also the author of "The Planting and Growth of the Empire State" in the "American Commonwealth Series" (Boston, 1887).
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