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John Elliott , born in Hertford, NC, was educated at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was part of the Engineer Corps in WWI and after the War was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to the District of Columbia Commission, in charge of waterworks, sewers, street lighting and design and construction of municipal structures in Washington, DC. He was an engineer on numerous military campaigns to Mexico, Philippines, Liberia, Italy and rose to the rank of Colonel. He retired in 1949 to a farm in Currituck County where he wrote about local history.