W.M. Ellis

Wallace M. Ellis

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

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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

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House District 26
Jan 12, 1915 - Jan 9, 1917
Legislatures: 34th  
Party: Democrat
Home City/County: Rusk / Cherokee
Counties in district: Cherokee

Biographical Information 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.

Biographical Sketches

  • W.M. Ellis, Rusk printer, Cherokee County District Clerk (November 1908 - April 1912), State Representative, pp. 44, 51, 98, and 115. Cherokee County Historical Commission, Cherokee County History, copyright 1986, second printing 2001, Jacksonville, Texas, crediting Cherokee County Historical Commission.
    Editor W.M. Ellis in Chapter II, "Industrial Press to the Press Journal," pp. 43-49; biographical sketch, Wallace M. Ellis, pp. 136-140; and photo, Plate 26, "Wallace M. Ellis served as a member of the state legislature while he was publisher of The Press Journal in 1915," p. 155. Whitehead, Marie Hall. A History of The Rusk Cherokeean, 1847-1973, 2009, Lufkin, Texas, crediting Singletary Memorial Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). A History of The Rusk Cherokeean, 1847-1973 Cherokee County History

Other Resources

  • Wallace M. Ellis, birth date 8/5/1861 in Texas; death date 9/9/1923 in Austin, Travis County. Jps Quinn 12 Generations Family Tree. Ancestry.com.
  • Death notice, 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." Related trial information, 9/17/1923, pp. 1, 3. 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 in Texas; death date 9/9/1923 in Austin, Travis County; 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, Travis County; 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.
  • Mentioned on historical marker, The Rusk Cherokeean, Rusk, Cherokee County. "Among its significant publishers have been: . . . John Benjamin Long, a U.S. Congressman, state legislator and mayor of Rusk; and state representative Wallace M. Ellis." Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission).
  • 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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