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ELLYSON, Henry Keeling, journalist, born in Richmond, Virginia, 31 July 1823. He was apprenticed at an early age as a printer, and steadily rose in his calling. In 1854'5 he served his native City in the Virginia legislature, from 1857 till 1865 was sheriff of Henrico County, and in 1870 was elected mayor of Richmond. He has long been connected, as associate proprietor and editor, with the Richmond "Dispatch," one of the most widely circulated journals in the south. Mr. Ellyson has been prominently identified with all the great enterprises of the Virginia Baptists for the past forty years, and as secretary of the state mission board he has performed a most valuable work. He is president of the trustees of Richmond College.
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