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ELLIOTT, Ezekiel Brown, statistician, born in Sweden, Monroe County, New York, 16 July 1823. He was graduated at Hamilton in 1844, and after teaching for some time was connected with the development of telegraphy. Later he became actuary of a life insurance company in Boston, and in 1861 was called to fill a similar office to the U. S. sanitary commission. He became secretary of the commission for revising the U. S. revenue laws in 1865, and in 1871 entered the civilservice reform commission. At present (1887) he holds the office of government actuary in the U. S. treasury department. In 186;I he was a member of the International statistical congress, held in Berlin, and in 1882 was vice president of the American association for the advancement of science, presiding over the section of economic science and statistics. Mr. Elliott is also a member of numerous scientific societies at home and abroad. He has published various papers on mathematical physics, but has achieved his greatest reputation in connection with the many valuable statistical reports on coinage, weights and measures, and similar topics, that he has prepared for the government. Several of these have appeared in the volumes of the U. S. census, especially in that on "Vital Statistics."
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