James Taylor Ellyson

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James Taylor Ellyson
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20th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
February 1, 1906 – February 1, 1918
Governor Claude A. Swanson
William H. Mann
Henry C. Stuart
Preceded by Joseph Edward Willard
Succeeded by Benjamin Franklin Buchanan
Personal details
Born May 20, 1847
Richmond, Virginia
Died 18 March 1919(1919-03-18) (aged 71)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lora Effie Hotchkiss Ellyson
Alma mater University of Virginia
Religion Southern Baptist

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. Born in Richmond, Virginia, 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.[1]

He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.



Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Edward Willard
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Benjamin Franklin Buchanan