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James Taylor Ellyson

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Education  University of Virginia
Name  James Ellyson

Religion  Southern Baptist
Political party  Democratic Party
James Taylor Ellyson
Governor  Claude A. Swanson William H. Mann Henry C. Stuart
Spouse(s)  Lora Effie Hotchkiss Ellyson
Role  Former Virginia State Senator
Died  March 18, 1919, Richmond, Virginia, United States
Previous office  Virginia State Senator (1885–1888)
Succeeded by  Benjamin Franklin Buchanan

Preceded by  Joseph Edward Willard
Alma mater  University of Virginia

James Taylor Ellyson (May 20, 1847 – March 18, 1919) was a U.S. political figure from the Commonwealth of Virginia who served in a number of state political positions.


Early life and education

Born in Richmond, Virginia, Ellyson enlisted to fight for the Confederacy in 1863. He attended Columbian College and Richmond College for one term each before attending and graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in law.


Ellyson began his political career as a member of the Richmond City Council. In his long political career, he went on to serve in the Senate of Virginia, as mayor of Richmond (1888–1894), and for twelve years (1906–1918) as the 20th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. To date, he is the only Lieutenant Governor of the commonwealth who served for three terms.

Ellyson was also a trustee of Richmond College from 1891–1919, and president of the Board from 1908 through 1919.


Ellyson left office in 1918 and died just over a year later. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.


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