About George Ellis Pugh
George Ellis Pugh (November 28, 1822 – July 19, 1876) was a Democratic politician from Ohio. He served in the U.S. Senate.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Pugh attended Miami University. He began practicing law in 1843, later serving as a Captain in the 4th Ohio Regiment in the Mexican-American War. After serving in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1848–1850, he served as State Attorney General from 1852-1854. Pugh served a single term in the United States Senate from 1855–1861, losing a re-election bid to Salmon P. Chase, who he had replaced. Pugh ran for the Lieutenant Governorship in 1863 and the United States House of Representatives in 1864, losing both times.
George Ellis Pugh descended from Ellis Pugh, Sr. (1656–1718) an early Welsh immigrant to Pennsylvania. Ellis was a Quaker minister who, with his wife Sinah, emigrated to Pennsylvania to escape religious persecution in 1686. George's branch of this line migrated from Philadelphia to Prince George, Virginia, Bush River, South Carolina and Cincinnati, Ohio. George was the son of Lot and Rachel (Anthony) Pugh who were married in Hamilton County, Ohio on July 7, 1814. George had three brothers and a sister.
Pugh married Theresa Chalfant in 1840 and had three children, Robert Chalfont, Nina Theresa and Thomas. He became a Roman Catholic in 1855.