James Taylor Ellyson

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J. Taylor Ellyson
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20th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
February 1, 1906 – February 1, 1918
Governor Claude A. Swanson
William Hodges Mann
Henry C. Stuart
Preceded by Joseph E. Willard
Succeeded by Benjamin F. Buchanan
50th Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
In office
July 1, 1888 – June 30, 1894
Preceded by William C. Carrington
Succeeded by Richard M. Taylor
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 35th district
In office
December 2, 1885 – July 1, 1888
Preceded by Henry A. Atkinson, Jr.
Succeeded by Conway R. Sands
Personal details
Born James Taylor Ellyson
May 20, 1847
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died March 18, 1919(1919-03-18) (aged 71)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lora Effie Hotchkiss
Alma mater University of Virginia (LL.B.)
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Years of service 1863–1865
Battles/wars American Civil War

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.


Early life and education[edit]

Born in Richmond, Virginia, Ellyson enlisted to fight for the Confederacy in 1863. He attended Columbian College and Richmond College for one term each before attending and graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in law.


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]


Ellyson left office in 1918 and died just over a year later. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.


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