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Governor John Willis Ellis

Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Jersey Settlement, Rowan, North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in United States
Place of Burial: United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Anderson Ellis and Judith Ellis
Husband of Mary Ellis and Mary McKinley Ellis
Father of Jean Graham Rossell and Mary Ellis
Brother of Elizabeth Ellis; Mariah Ellis; William Ellis; Lucille Ellis; Sarah Ellis and 2 others

Occupation: Gov N Carolina
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About John Willis Ellis, Governor

John Willis Ellis (November 23, 1820 – July 7, 1861) was the 35th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1859 to 1861.

Ellis attended the University of North Carolina, studied law under Richmond Mumford Pearson, practiced law, and was elected to the North Carolina General Assembly from Rowan County. He served as a state superior court judge from 1848 to 1858. He was elected Governor in 1858 by a large majority over Duncan K. McRae, a Democrat supported by remnants of the Whig Party. Ellis was easily re-elected in 1860 over John Pool.

As the American Civil War was beginning, President Abraham Lincoln requested troops from North Carolina to quell the rebellion. Ellis replied, “I can be no party to this wicked violation of the laws of the country and to this war upon the liberties of a free people. You can get no troops from North Carolina.”

Shortly after North Carolina seceded from the Union, Ellis died in office. The Speaker of the North Carolina Senate, Henry T. Clark, completed his term. He is buried at the Old English Cemetery in Salisbury, North Carolina.

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John Willis Ellis, Governor's Timeline

November 23, 1820
Jersey Settlement, Rowan, North Carolina, United States
October 9, 1860
Age 39
North Carolina, United States
July 7, 1861
Age 40
United States
Age 40
United States