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  HON. A. P. ELLINWOOD. This gentleman was born in Peterboro, N.Y., Sept. 9, 1833; at the age of 16, entered New York Central College at McGrawville, N.Y., where he received his education; he afterward taught school for three terms in McGrawville-- teaching in the winters and attending school during the summers--afterwards, had charge of Kishacoquillas Academy for a time. Mr. Ellinwood came to Reedsburg, Wis., in 1858; taught school in the vicinity of one year, and then assumed position of Principal of Reedsburg Union School, which position he filled until December of 1861. He enlisted in this month in Co. A, 19th W.V.I., and was elected Lieutenant of the company;  he passed through the campaigns of the Potomac and James, and belonged to the brigade, which was the first to enter Richland after its surrender; was mustered out of service in 1865. Mr. Ellinwood was sent to the Legislature in 1877, and re-elected the following year; has been Chairman of County Board for five years and is also President of Village Board; has also been, for several years, Clerk of School Board. Mr. Ellinwood is a mason, and also belongs to the Sons of Temperance Society; his property consists of about 230 acres of land--much improved--and a lumber-yard in the town of Reedsburg. On his grounds, Mr. Ellinwood has arranged spacious fair grounds, and here, every season, the meeting of the Baraboo Valley Agricultural Society, of which Mr. Ellinwood is General Manager and Treasurer, is held. Fourth of July celebrations usually take place on these fair grounds. Mr. Ellinwood's residence and surrounding land is known as "Mott's Second Addition." Dec. 21, 1868, Mr. Ellinwood was married to Miss Hannah Cottington, who was born in Madison Co., N.Y., May 27, 1846; they have an adopted daughter, Edith, who was born Aug. 16, 1870. Since Mr. Ellinwood's house was built and improvements made, a number of other very fine residences have sprung up about the place.

Source: The History of Sauk County, Wisconsin. Chicago: Western Historical Society, 1880, p. 715.

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