Olinthus Ellis

Olinthus Ellis

Full Name: Olinthus Ellis
Date of birth: May 5, 1840
Date of death: May 11, 1905

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 25 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Hallettsville / Lavaca   Colorado, Lavaca

(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of Senators elect, oath of office administered, 1/13/1874, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(3) "Because of the adoption of the new constitution [of 1876], any member of the 14th Legislature who wished to continue to serve had to run for reelection," p. 220. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, p. 189. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.

Other Resources

  • Obituary, "Judge O. [Olinthus] Ellis Dead: A Prominent Lawyer of Uvalde Passed Into Great Beyond on May 11; Was a Civil War Veteran; Was Sergeant Major of Eighth Texas Infantry - His Career as a Lawyer," 5/15/1905, p. 3. "He as a member of the State Senate during the eventful period of Governor Coke's first administration. . .He was a staunch Democrat, and in the councils of his party he was regarded as one of its ablest and wisest leaders." Galveston Daily News.
  • Mentioned on p. 51 of The Poll Tax, Suffrage, and the Making of the Texas Constitution of 1876, by John Walker Maurer, B.A., Thesis in History, December 1973. [Note: 9 MB file] Texas Tech University Libraries.


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Committee Information top

14th R.S. - 1874
Blind Asylum  
Comptroller and Treasurer  
Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts  
Mexican Border Troubles  
Militia (Chair) 
Removal of Judge L.M. Cooper, 3rd Judicial District  
Retrenchment and Reform  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
State Affairs  
Superintendent of Public Instruction  

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