Biography of Honorable John J. Ellis

Ellis, Hon. John J.-The subject of this biography was born in Bath, Steuben county, N. Y., August 24, 1854, and is descended from good old Revolutionary stock. His father, Chester Ellis. was the son of Jasen Ellis, who was the son of John Ellis, known as King of Dryden, while his mother, Elizabeth Smith, was of Scotch and English extraction. Mr. Ellis obtained his education in the public schools, supplementing his studies with a course in teleg. raphy, in the art of which he became very expert, so much so that the officials of the Erie Railroad Company and the Western Union Company, repeatedly e ntrusted him with responsible and important duties, during the performance of which he was located at different times in Bath, Niagara Falls, Attica, Lancaster, Buffalo and Darien. Since 1895 Mr. Ellis has directed his attention very largely to the produce and grain business in which he has large investments. In association with two others, Mr. Ellis is also one of the proprietors of one of the largest carriage wheel factories in the State, located at Avoca. For many years he has taken an active part in politics, being an uncompromising Republican, and during that time he has been frequently honored with positions of public trust, having served as supervisor, justice of the peace and member of the Assembly. Mr. Ellis was first elected to the last office in 1897 by a majority that demonstrated his exceptional personal popularity and the confidence in which he is regarded by the people. He discharged his duties so creditably and with such satisfaction to his party and constituents, that the following year he was unanimously renominated and was re-elected by an increased majority over a strong opponent. His abilities were substantially recognized by his legislative associates and the speaker of the House when he was selected for the exceedingly important chairmanship of the Committee on Villages and made a member of the Railroads and Public Printing Committees. Throughout his career, and in his personal relations at home and abroad, Mr. Ellis has exhibited that character of integrity, energy and fair-mindedness which have won for him an enviable reputation and the esteem and good will of all. He was married in 1875 to Matilda Julia, daughter of Henry and Matilda Spann of Attica, N. Y.; they had one child, Otto Cecil], born May 7, 1877, who was killed by the cars at Darien, September 12, 1880.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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