Wade H. Ellis

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Wade Hampton Ellis
File:Wade H. Ellis, portrait bust.jpg
23rd Ohio Attorney General
In office
January 11, 1904 – November 6, 1908
Preceded by John M. Sheets
Succeeded by Ulysses G. Denman
Personal details
Born (1866-12-31)December 31, 1866
Covington, Kentucky
Died July 5, 1948(1948-07-05) (aged 81)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dessie Corwin Chase
Alma mater Washington and Lee University

Wade Hampton Ellis (December 31, 1866 – July 5, 1948) was a Republican politician in the U.S. state of Ohio who was Ohio Attorney General 1904–1908.


Wade H. Ellis was born at Covington, Kentucky. He attended the public schools of Covington, Hughes High School and Chickering Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he studied law. In 1894, he became managing editor of the Cincinnati Tribune, which became the Commercial Tribune in 1896. He returned to practice of law in 1897.[1]

In 1897, Ellis was appointed First Assistant Corporation Council of the city of Cincinnati, until January 1, 1903, when he resumed private practice. In the summer of 1903, the Republican State Convention nominated Ellis for Attorney General, and he won election that autumn.[1] He won re-election in 1905.[2] Elections were moved to even numbered years, with the next one scheduled for 1908. Ellis did not run, and resigned in November, 1908. Ulysses G. Denman was appointed to the office until his normal term would begin January, 1909.

In 1906, Governor Harris appointed a tax commission to investigate the tax laws of the state, and Ellis was elected chairman.[1]

November 6, 1908, Ellis was appointed Assistant Attorney General of the United States, and he held that office until resigning February 1910.[3] He was a lawyer in Washington D.C. for a number of years after that,[3] until at least 1930, when he argued before the United States Supreme Court.[4]

Ellis married Dessie Corwin Chase of Cincinnati in 1894.[1] He died on July 5, 1948 in Washington, D.C.[5]

See also

Rippon Lodge - historic house Ellis owned and renovated in suburban Washington.


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  3. 3.0 3.1 Galbreath, Charles Burleigh (1925). History of Ohio. IV. Chicago: The American Historical Society. p. 244. ISBN 978-0-7812-5367-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Cochran et. al. v. Louisiana State Board of Education et. al. Cornell University Law School
  5. Ohio. Courts; Ohio State Bar Association (1948). Ohio Bar: Publication of the Ohio State Bar Association. 21. Ohio State Bar Association. Retrieved 2015-06-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


Legal offices
Preceded by
John M. Sheets
Ohio Attorney General
1904 – 1908
Succeeded by
Ulysses G. Denman