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HUSKE, Ellis, journalist, born about 1700; died in 1755. He was a brother of General Huske, who was in the battle of Culloden. Ellis was a resident of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, previous to his becoming postmaster of Boston in 1734, and was a councillor of New Hampshire in 1733-'55. He was superseded in the office of deputy postmaster-general of the colonies by Franklin and Hunter in 1753. He published the "Boston Weekly Post-Boy" from October, 1734, till 1755, and was the reputed author of "The Present State of North America" (London, 1755).--His son, John, merchant, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, about 1721; died in England in 1773, was educated in Boston, and engaged in mercantile pursuits. In 1764 he became a member of the British parliament from Malden, Essex, and was re-elected to the succeeding parliament. For his share in bringing about the stamp-act, his effigy was hung with Grenville's on the liberty tree, Boston, on 1 November, 1765. He was described as a flashy fellow, who by stock-jobbing and servility raised himself to a seat in parliament.
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