Biography of Jesse Ellis
Member of Ohio General Assembly - House of Representives

JESSE ELLIS, Representative from Adams county, was born in 1824, in Adams county, Ohio, where he has always resided. He received a common school education, and has taught school for about twenty five years. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1854, but preferring the agricultural pursuit, he settled upon a farm rather than pursue the legal profession.

He was elected to the office of County Surveyor in 1852, and in 1853 was elected Representative in the Ohio Legislature. He was afterward elected County Surveyor, and served for ten or twelve years. In 1871 he was again elected Representative by a majority of four hundred and eighty votes, running one hundred votes ahead of his ticket. He is a member of the Standing Committees on Public Schools and on Unfinished Business.

As teacher, county officer and Legislator he has uniformly given the most perfect satisfaction to all parties interested, and his services were sought by the people whom he so faithfully and satisfactorily served.

Mr. Ellis is one of the most popular gentlemen in Southern Ohio, and deservedly so. Social, genial, kind hearted, he is ever sought by those around him. Possessed of excellent qualities and abilities as a statesman and legislator, he was elected to the Ohio Legislature while quite a youth; and still again elected in 1871, while yet a comparatively young man. Positive in his political opinions, never swerving from what. he conscientiously believes to be right, yet he has the confidence of his political opponents in an eminent degree. He has worked his own way through life, and has established a character and reputation in public estimation which might be envied by all. Truly honest, upright, conscientious and uncompromising in his convictions and conduct, he pursues his course in life wherever duty calls him. He is ever a most companionable gentlemen, and his goodness of heart and gentlemanly demeanor ever commend him to the high esteem of all who appreciate the character of true gentlemen.

Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872

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