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E. John Ellis
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Library of Congress
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1885
Preceded byLionel A. Sheldon
Succeeded byMichael Hahn
Member of the Louisiana Senate
In office
1866-1870
Personal details
Born(1840-10-15)October 15, 1840
Covington, Louisiana
DiedApril 25, 1889(1889-04-25) (aged 48)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeEllis Family Cemetery, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana
Political partyDemocratic Party
ProfessionLawyer
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Branch/service Confederate States Army
Rank
Confederate States of America Captain.png
Captain
Unit16th Louisiana Infantry

Ezekiel John Ellis (October 15, 1840 – April 25, 1889) was a U.S. Representative from Louisiana. He fought in the American Civil War for the Confederate States of America from 1861–1863; during the war he was promoted to the rank of captain. After the war, Ellis entered politics and was elected to the Louisiana State Senate from 1866-1870, then served in Congress from 1875-1885.[1]

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Early life and military career

Born in Covington, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, Ellis attended private schools in Covington and Clinton, Louisiana, and Centenary College of Louisiana (when it was located in Jackson, Louisiana) from 1855 to 1858. In 1861 he graduated from the law department of the Louisiana State University at Pineville (now at Baton Rouge), Louisiana.[1]

During the Civil War he joined the Confederate States Army and was commissioned a first lieutenant. Ellis was promoted to captain in the Sixteenth Regiment, Louisiana Infantry, and served two years until he was captured at the Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee, about November 25th, 1863. He was held as a prisoner of war on Johnson's Island in Lake Erie until the end of the war. While a prisoner, wrote a diary entitled A Retrospect.[2]

Political career and later life

He was admitted to the bar of Louisiana in 1866 and commenced practice in Covington, Louisiana. He served as member of the State senate 1866-1870.

Ellis was elected from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1885).

He served as chairman of the Committee on Mississippi Levees (Forty-fourth Congress) but declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1884.

He resumed the practice of his profession in Washington, D.C..

He died there April 25, 1889 and was interred in the Ellis family cemetery at "Ingleside," near Amite, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Ellis, Ezekiel John, (1840 - 1889)". United States Congress. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  2. ^ Magee, Bruce. "E. John Ellis". Louisiana Tech University. Retrieved 14 October 2017.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lionel A. Sheldon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1885
Succeeded by
Michael Hahn
This page was last edited on 20 May 2019, at 07:33
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