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ELLIOTT, Robert Brown, lawyer, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 11 August 1842; died in New Orleans, La., in 1884. He was of African descent. After studying in private schools, he entered High Holborn academy, London, England, in 1853, and subsequently studied at Eton College, where he was graduated in 1859. He then studied law and practiced, afterward settling in South Carolina. He was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1868, and from July of that year till October 1870, was a member of the legislature. In 1869 he was made assistant adjutant general, which office he held till he was elected to congress as a republican, serving from 1871 to 1874, when he resigned, having been elected sheriff of his County. In 1875 he was again elected to the legislature, and was speaker of the lower house. He removed to New Orleans in 1877, became special agent for the treasury department, and then resumed law practice. He delivered various lectures and addresses.
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