John Ellis (businessman)
|John Ellis M.P.|
at the 1840 Anti-Slavery conference
|Born||3 August 1789
Beaumont Leys, Leicester
|Died||26 October 1862
|Resting place||Leicester public cemetery|
Ellis was born near Leicester in 1789 to Joseph and Rebekah Ellis who were both Quakers and farmers.
He became director of the Midland Counties Railway and, on its amalgamation into the Midland Railway, became its deputy chairman, and later its second chairman, following the resignation of George Hudson in 1849.
In 1845 he eavesdropped on a conversation between two directors of the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway, discussing the Great Western Railway's possible acquisition of the line. He took it upon himself to make an offer on behalf of the Midland. The Midland agreed to lease the line (along with the Bristol and Gloucester) and pay off its debts. The Midland thus had control of the lines (though not at that time a through route at Birmingham or Gloucester) from Yorkshire to the South West. In the same year Ellis bought Belgrave Hall in Leicester as his families home from the Vann family.
John Ellis was a Quaker and a noted liberal reformer. He became a Leicester town councillor in 1836 and a Member of Parliament for Leicester between 1848 and 1852. Ellis was survived by his second wife when he died at his home in 1862.
- The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840, Benjamin Robert Haydon, accessed April 2009
- Ellis of Leicester: A Quaker Family's Vocation
- 'Parishes added since 1892: Belgrave', A History of the County of Leicester: volume 4: The City of Leicester (1958), pp. 420–428. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66590 Date accessed: 04 July 2014
- Miller Christy, ‘Ellis, John (1789–1862)’, rev. Alan R. Griffin, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Sept 2012 accessed 23 July 2015
- Billson, P., (1996) Derby and the Midland Railway, Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-021-8.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Ellis
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Joshua Walmsley
|Member of Parliament for Leicester
With: Richard Harris
Sir Joshua Walmsley