Leven H. Ellis

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Levin Handy Ellis
15th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
In office
1943–1947
Governor Chauncey Sparks
Preceded by Albert A. Carmichael
Succeeded by James C. Inzer
Personal details
Born (1881-04-06)April 6, 1881
Died January 4, 1968(1968-01-04) (aged 86)
Political party Democratic

Leven Handy Ellis (April 6, 1881 – January 4, 1968) was an American politician who served as the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1943 to 1947.

Ellis was born in Nixburg, in Coosa County, Alabama. He obtained a B. Ped degree from Troy Normal School in 1907, and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Alabama in 1909. Ellis practiced law in Columbiana, Alabama. He served as a State Senator from 1927-1931, a Representative in the Alabama Legislature from 1936-1943, and a mayor of Columbiana for two terms.[1] In 1948, Ellis served as an Alabama delegate at the Democratic National Convention. After Hubert Humphrey's address, Ellis led 13 members of the Alabama delegation (that was also joined by the entire Mississippi delegation) in a walk out, leading to the creation of the short-lived Dixiecrat political party.[2]

External links[edit]

  • Biography by the Alabama Department of Archives & History

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.archives.state.al.us/conoff/Ellis_l.html
  2. ^ Pietrusza, David (2011). 1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America. New York, New York: Union Square Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-1-4027-6748-7.