E. John Ellis

Ezekiel John Ellis ( * October 15, 1840 in Covington, Louisiana, † April 25, 1889 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1875 and 1885 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Ellis attended private schools in his native city of Covington and in Clinton. Between 1855 and 1858 he studied at Centenary College in Jackson. Then he studied until 1861 at Louisiana State University law. During the ensuing Civil War, Ellis was a lieutenant and later captain of an infantry unit from Louisiana who fought on the side of the Confederate States. After two years he was taken prisoner. For the rest of the war, Ellis was imprisoned on Johnson's Iceland in Lake Erie. He then returned to Louisiana.

After his made ​​in 1866 admitted to the bar Ellis began in his hometown of Covington to work in his new profession. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1866 and 1870 he sat in the Senate from Louisiana. In the congressional elections of 1874 Ellis was elected in the second district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Lionel Allen Sheldon on March 4, 1875. After four elections he could pass in Congress until March 3, 1885 five legislative sessions. Between 1875 and 1877 he was chairman of the committee that dealt with the dikes along the Mississippi.

In 1884, Ellis renounced a new Congress candidacy. He remained in the federal capital, Washington, where he worked as a lawyer. He is also passed on 25 April 1889. He was then buried in the family cemetery in Tangipahoa Parish.