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 Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis

Birth
Lunenburg County, Virginia, USA
Death 20 Dec 1846 (aged 65)
Bowie County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Republic Hill Section 1 Row T Plot 14
Memorial ID 18179 · View Source
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Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Born in Lunenburg County, Virginia, he studied law in Richmond until 1806 when he married Mary Dandridge, was admitted to the bar and joined the law firm of Wirt and Wickham. After several years, he moved to Alabama, set up a small plantation and continued his law practice. He was well respected and influential in the area; in 1818 he represented his county at the Alabama Constitutional Convention, and the following year was elected both a judge of the Fourth Circuit Court and an associate justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. In 1829 he helped to found the La Grange College in Franklin County. Although Ellis had visited Texas briefly in 1826, it wasn't until 1834 that he moved his family and servants permanently there. He settled in the Pecan Point area, a district claimed by both Mexico and the United States, and built his new plantation near Spanish Bluff. Being one of the most respected citizens in the territory, he was elected as one of the delegates to attend the Convention of 1836 to discuss the coming secession and war with Mexico. When the Convention opened on March 1st, Ellis was unanimously elected president over the proceedings, and as president signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Once Texas had won its independence, Ellis was elected as the senator of Bowie County in the Texas Congress and served in that capacity from October 1836 to February 1840. Richard Ellis died in his home in Bowie County in an accidental fire. He was first buried in the family cemetery, but in 1929 he was re-interred with full honors in the Texas State Cemetery in gratitude of his service to the Republic of Texas. Ellis County, Texas was named in his honor in 1849.

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  • Added: 27 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18179
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Ellis (14 Feb 1781–20 Dec 1846), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18179, citing Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .