Jacob Hart Ela

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Jacob Hart Ela
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1867 – March 4, 1871
Preceded by Gilman Marston
Succeeded by Ellery Albee Hibbard
Auditor of the Treasury for the Post Office Department
In office
June 3, 1881 – August 21, 1884 (death)
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1820-07-18)July 18, 1820
Rochester, Strafford County
New Hampshire, USA
Died August 21, 1884(1884-08-21) (aged 64)
Washington, D.C., USA
Resting place Rochester Cemetery
Rochester, Strafford County
New Hampshire, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Abigail (Moore) Kelley Ela
Mary Handerson Ela
Children Frederic P. Ela
Wendell P. Ela
Charles S. Ela
Occupation Printer
U. S. Marshal

Jacob Hart Ela (July 18, 1820 – August 21, 1884) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New Hampshire.

Early life[edit]

Born in Rochester, New Hampshire, Ela attended the village school in Rochester. At fourteen years of age he was apprenticed in a woolen manufactory and subsequently learned the printer's trade.


Ela served as member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1857 and 1858 and as United States marshal from July 1861 to October 1866.[1]

Elected as a Republican to the Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses, Ela served as United States Representative for the 1st congressional district or the state of New Hampshire (March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1871). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Forty-first Congress).

Ela was appointed by President Grant as Fifth Auditor of the Treasury on January 1, 1872, and served until June 2, 1881. On June 3, 1881, he was appointed Auditor of the Treasury for the Post Office Department and served in that position until his death.[2]


Ela died in Washington, D.C., on August 21, 1884 (age 64 years, 34 days). He is interred at Rochester Cemetery, Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire.

Family life[edit]

The name Ela first comes to the US in the late 1630s, and the US family originates from Haverhill, Massachusetts, in the early 16th century, where the Ela family cemetery is located at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Ela married the widow, Abigail (Moore) Kelley and they had three sons, Frederic P., Wendell P., and Charles S. Abigail died in September 1879, and he married Mary Handerson on October 2, 1880.[3]


  1. ^ The Collector, Issues 138-147. W.R. Benjamin, 1899. p. 49. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Dodge, Andrew R.; Koed, Betty K. (eds.). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005: The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788, and the Congress of the United States, from the First Through the One Hundred Eighth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 2005, Inclusive. Government Printing Office. p. 1008. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Rev. Ela, DD, David Hough. Genealogy of the Ela Family, Descendants of Israel Ela, of Haverville, Mass. Elwood S. Ela, Printer, Manchester, Conn. 1896. pp. 26–27. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gilman Marston
U.S. Representative for the 1st District of New Hampshire
1867 – 1871
Succeeded by
Ellery Albee Hibbard

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.