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Elihu may refer to:


  • Elihu Burritt (1811–1879), philanthropist, linguist, and social activist
  • Elihu Embree (1782–1820), abolitionist and publisher of the first newspaper in the United States devoted exclusively to that cause
  • Elihu Goodsell (1806–1880), American politician
  • Elihu Harris (born 1947), mayor of Oakland, California, U.S.
  • Elihu B. Hayes (1848–1903), American shoe manufacturer, newspaper owner, and politician
  • Elihu Emory Jackson (1837–1907), governor of Maryland, U.S.
  • Elihu Katz (born 1926), sociologist
  • Elihu Lauterpacht (1928–2017), British academic and lawyer
  • Elihu Palmer (1764–1806), founder of the Deistical Society of New York
  • Elihu Root (1845–1937), American statesman and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Elihu Thomson (1853–1937), engineer instrumental in the founding of electrical companies, and acting president of MIT in 1920
  • Elihu Vedder (1836–1923), painter, book illustrator, and poet
  • Elihu B. Washburne (1816–1887), United States politician and a founder of Republican Party
  • Elihu S. Williams (1835–1903), American farmer, lawyer, soldier, and politician
  • Elihu Yale (1649–1721), benefactor of Yale University


  • Judge Elihu Smails, co-founder of the Bushwood Country Club, in the film Caddyshack
  • Elihu Willsson, a leading character in Dashiell Hammett's novel Red Harvest
  • Elihu Yale, the Atlanta Police Chief in Tom Wolfe's novel A Man in Full
  • Elihu "Sam" Nivens, the protagonist in Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters
  • Elihu Whipple, one of the two main characters in the H. P. Lovecraft short story "The Shunned House"