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ELY, William Nather, politician, born in Binghamton, New York, in 1818; died there, 5 February 1872. He was educated at Amherst College, but was not graduated. After leaving College he followed mercantile pursuits for a time, but afterward engaged in farming, and was for several years president of the State agricultural society. In 1868 he was elected to the legislature, and served till his death. He was an industrious legislator, and had acquired extensive knowledge of state affairs.
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