Christopher Ellery

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Christopher Ellery
Senator Christopher Ellery of Rhode Island.jpg
United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
May 6, 1801 – March 3, 1805
Preceded by Ray Greene
Succeeded by James Fenner
Personal details
Born (1768-11-01)November 1, 1768
Newport, Rhode Island
Died December 2, 1840(1840-12-02) (aged 72)
Middletown, Rhode Island
Political party Democratic-Republican

Christopher Ellery (November 1, 1768 – December 2, 1840) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island. Born in Newport, he graduated from Yale College in 1787, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Newport. He was clerk of the superior court of Newport County from 1794 to 1798.

Ellery was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ray Greene and served from May 6, 1801, to March 4, 1805. He was defeated for reelection in 1804 by James Fenner, the son of the Governor. Ellery was appointed by President Thomas Jefferson as United States commissioner of loans at Providence in 1806, and was appointed collector of customs at Newport, succeeding his uncle, holding that office from 1820 to 1834. He died in Middletown in 1840; interment was in Island Cemetery, Newport.

Christopher Ellery was a nephew of William Ellery, a Continental Congressman from Rhode Island.


United States Senate
Preceded by
Ray Greene
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Rhode Island
Served alongside: Theodore Foster, Samuel J. Potter, Benjamin Howland
Succeeded by
James Fenner