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E. John Ellis
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 by Lionel A. Sheldon
Succeeded by Michael Hahn
Member of the Louisiana Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1840-10-15)October 15, 1840
Covington, Louisiana
Died April 25, 1889(1889-04-25) (aged 48)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Ellis Family Cemetery, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana
Political party Democratic Party
Profession Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Branch/service  Confederate States of America Army
Rank Confederate States of America Captain.png Captain
Unit 16th 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.

Early life and military career

Born in Covington, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, son of Ezekiel Parke Ellis and Tabitha Emily Warner, 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.

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 25, 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.

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.

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