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ELLIS, E. John, lawyer, born in Covington, La., 15 October 1841. He was graduated in the law department of the University of Louisiana in 1861, joined the Confederate army as a private, and became a captain of infantry. In 1863 he was taken prisoner and confined at Johnson's Island in Lake Erie, whence he was not released till 1865. He then returned to Louisiana, was admitted to the bar in 1866, and practiced in New Orleans till 1874, when he was elected to congress as a Democrat, and reelected in 1876, 1878, 1880, and 1882.
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