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ELLIS, Sumner, clergyman, born in North Orange, Massachusetts, 17 May 1828; d° in Chicago, Illinois, 26 Jan.. 1886. He was educated at Melrose seminary, West Brattleboro, Vermont, studied divinity under Hosea Ballou, Jr., and was the colleague of Sebastian Streeter in the 1st Universalist Church of Boston in 1851'3. Subsequently he held charges in that City, Lynn, Salem, and other places, and went to Chicago as temporary and afterward permanent successor to the Rev. Dr. Ryder. He engaged in literary work in Boston in 1872'4, and again in 1881'2. He published "At Our Best ; or Making the Most of Life" (Boston, 1873); "Hints on Preaching," and a "Life of Edward H. Chapin, D. D. " (1883). He also delivered many lectures in Chicago and other places. After his death appeared "Faith and Righteousness," a memoir, together with several of his sermons, edited by the Rev. C. R. Moor (Boston,h887).
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