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Born in Minden, New York, Ellwood attended the public schools and Cherry Valley Seminary, New York. Manufacturer of agricultural implements. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Schenectady Co.) in 1851. He moved to Sycamore, Illinois, about 1854. He resumed manufacturing interests and engaged in the hardware business.
Ellwood was elected as a Republican to the 48th and 49th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1883, until his death, before the assembling of the 49th Congress, in Sycamore, Illinois, July 1, 1885. He was interred in Elmwood Cemetery.
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