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Lawrence Russell ELLZEY

(1891-1977)

ELLZEY, Lawrence Russell, a Representative from Mississippi; born on a farm near Wesson, Copiah County, Miss., March 20, 1891; attended the rural schools and was graduated from Mississippi College at Clinton, A.B., 1912; attended the University of Chicago in 1927; engaged as a teacher in the consolidated county schools of Mississippi 1912-1917; volunteered as a private in the Quartermaster Corps on December 13, 1917, and served overseas nine months before being discharged as a first lieutenant on February 20, 1919; served as superintendent of education of Lincoln County, Miss., 1920-1922; teacher in the agricultural high school Wesson, Miss., 1922-1928; served as president of Copiah-Lincoln Junior College, Wesson, Miss., 1928-1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second Congress, by special election, March 15, 1932, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Percy E. Quin; reelected to the Seventy-third Congress and served from March 15, 1932, to January 3, 1935; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress; engaged in the life insurance business; executive secretary for the Mississippi Salvage Campaign in 1942 and 1943; resided in Jackson, Miss., where he died December 7, 1977; interment in Wesson Cemetery, Wesson, Miss.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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