Wallace M. Ellis

Full Name: Wallace M. Ellis
Date of birth: August 5, 1863
Date of death: September 9, 1923

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 26 Jan 12, 1915 - Jan 9, 1917 34th   Democrat Rusk / Cherokee   Cherokee

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Joint Report of the Central Investigating Committee, 35th Legislature, filed in the Senate and House 2/1/1918, recommended removal of W.M. Ellis as warden of Rusk penitentiary, p. 33. Senate Journal.

Other Resources

  • Death notice, "One Killed, Nine Hurt in Sunday Auto Accidents," 9/10/1923, pp. 1-2, notes W.M. Ellis of Austin, who moved to Austin from Rusk a year prior and was "formerly district clerk and publisher of a newspaper at Rusk, Cherokee county," was killed in an automobile accident. "Easton Held for Trial; Negligent Homicide Charge," 9/17/1923, pp. 1 and 3, describes court hearing relating to the accident. Austin Statesman.
  • Census of 1900 - W.M. Ellis, Jacksonville, Cherokee County, age 38, born August 1864 in Texas, printer, boarder in home of J.E. Shook.
    Census of 1910 - Wallace M. Ellis, Rusk, Cherokee County, age 46 (born circa 1864), editor/newspaper, spouse May, children Wallace and Lucy.
    Census of 1920 - W.M. Ellis, Rusk, Cherokee County, age 58 (born circa 1862 in Texas), editor/newspaper, spouse May, children Wallace, Lucy, Emily, and Virginia. FamilySearch. 1900 1910 1920
  • Wallace M. Ellis, birth date 8/5/1861, death date 9/9/1923 in Austin in automobile accident, newspaper prop./editor. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • W.M. Ellis, birth date 8/5/1863 on grave marker, death date 9/9/1923, burial in Oakwood Cemetery Annex, Austin; spouse May Carter Ellis, son Wallace Ellis. Find a Grave.
  • "W.M. Ellis, member of the legislature from Cherokee county, has been appointed warden of the Rusk penitentiary . . . Ellis will resign from the legislature at once." "New Rusk Warden," 11/24/1915, p. 3. Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  • Publisher of Rusk, Texas, Press-Journal. Thomas E. Watson, Editor and Proprietor, Watson's Jeffersonian Magazine, Volume 1, January 1907, p. 147. Google Books.
  • Testimony of W.M. Ellis, former Rusk penitentiary shipping clerk and editor of the Rusk Press-Journal, on the penitentiary system and management. "The State's Railroad Immune to the Law," 11/7/1909, p. 9. Houston Post.
  • W.M. Ellis, Rusk printer, Cherokee County District Clerk (November 1908 - April 1912), State Representative. Cherokee County Historical Commission, Cherokee County History, copyright 1986, second printing 2001, Jacksonville, Texas, crediting Cherokee County Historical Commission, pp. 44, 51, 98, and 115. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • 34th Legislature (1915) - W.M. Ellis, postoffice Rusk, nativity Texas, age 49 (born circa 1866), editor, 49 years in Texas, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.
  • Occupation and religious affiliation, 34th Legislature. "Occupations of Members of Legislative House," 3/14/1915, p. 4. Galveston Daily News.


  • Photograph. W.M. Ellis, 34th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

34th R.S. - 1915
Contingent Expenses  
Internal Improvements  
Juvenile Reforms  
Penitentiaries (Chair) 
Penitentiaries Subcommittee to Visit Penitentiaries (Chair) 
Public Lands and Land Office  

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