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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 - 1/13/1874, pp. 1-2. Listed in group of "Senators elect" that took the oath of office. "Upon calling the roll of Senators by the Secretary, the following Senators answered to their names, came forward, presented their credentials, took the oath of office, administered by Judge Livingston Lindsey and took their seats," 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.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Olinthus Ellis, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Blind Asylum  
    Comptroller and Treasurer  
    Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts  
    Immigration  
    Judiciary  
    Mexican Border Troubles  
    Militia (Chair) 
    Penitentiary  
    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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