Ellsworth, Elmer Ephraim
- Edward G. Longacre
Ellsworth, Elmer Ephraim (11 April 1837–24 May 1861), soldier, was born in Malta, New York, the son of Ephraim D. Ellsworth, a tailor, and Phoebe Denton. At an early age he developed what his mother called a “military propensity,” but after failing to secure a West Point appointment he worked as a grocery clerk in Mechanicville, New York, and later in dry goods houses in Troy, New York, and New York City. In 1854 he moved to Chicago to become a partner in a patent-soliciting concern, an enterprise that collapsed when an agent absconded with the firm’s funds. By early 1859 he was reading law in Chicago while taking an active interest in local militia affairs....