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date: 28 January 2020

Elliott, Robert Brownlocked

(11 August 1842–09 August 1884)
  • Howard N. Rabinowitz


Elliott, Robert Brown (11 August 1842–09 August 1884), Reconstruction politician and congressman, was born probably in Liverpool, England, of unknown West Indian parents. Elliott’s early life is shrouded in mystery, largely because of his own false claims, but apparently he did receive an English public school education (but not at Eton as he claimed) and was trained as a typesetter. It is likely also that in 1866 or 1867, while on duty with the Royal Navy, he decided to seek his fortune in America and jumped ship in Boston harbor, without, however, taking out citizenship papers. All that is known for certain is that by March 1867 Elliott was associate editor of the ...

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