William Ellery was born in Newport, Rhode Island back in 1727. Receiving his early education from his father and alter attending Harvard College where he excelled in Greek and Latin.
He started practicing law in 1770 at 43 when he became active in the Rhode Island Sons of Liberty. Samuel Ward died in 1776 and was replaced by William in the Continental Congress. He also served as a judge of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, the first customs collector of the port of Newport serving there until his death in 1820.
What you may not know about William is that he was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, in terms of square inches his signature was second only to John Hancock in terms of size. He was also a signer of the Articles of Confederation. He also helped write the charter for Brown University. The town of Ellery, New York is named after him. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket