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Clyde Taylor Ellis (December 21, 1908 – February 9, 1980) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Arkansas.

Clyde T. Ellis
Clyde T Ellis.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1943
Preceded byClaude A. Fuller
Succeeded byJ. William Fulbright
Member of the Arkansas Senate
In office
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1908-12-21)December 21, 1908
near Garfield, Arkansas
DiedFebruary 9, 1980(1980-02-09) (aged 71)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Izella Baker Ellis
ResidenceGarfield, Arkansas
Alma materUniversity of Arkansas at Fayetteville
American University
George Washington University
OccupationAttorney politician
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Battles/warsWorld War II



Born on a farm near Garfield, Arkansas, Ellis was the son of Cecil Oscar and Minerva Jane Taylor Ellis. He attended the public schools of Fayetteville, Arkansas. He also attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville from which he received a B.S.; the school of law at the same university; as well as George Washington University Law School and American University in Washington, D.C.. He married Izella Baker on December 20, 1931, and they had two daughters, Patricia Suzanne Ellis Marti and Mary Lynn Ellis Duty.[1]


Ellis was a teacher in the rural schools at Garfield, Arkansas in 1927 and 1928; then Superintendent of Schools at Garfield, Arkansas from 1929 to 1934. Admitted to the bar in 1933, he commenced practice at Bentonville, Arkansas. He served in the State House of Representatives from 1933 to 1935, and as member of the State Senate from 1935 to 1939. He was a delegate to the Democrat National Convention in 1940.[2]

Elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth Congress, Ellis was reelected to the Seventy-seventh Congress, and served from January 3, 1939 to January 3, 1943.[3] He was not a candidate for reelection in 1942 but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator.

Ellis served as combat officer, Lieutenant, in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1945.[4] He was the first general manager (CEO) of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Washington, D.C., from January 1943 until his retirement in September 1967. He was appointed as special consultant to the Secretary of Agriculture, January 1968 to January 1969, and served as special area development assistant to Senator John L. McClellan from February 1971 until 1977. He returned to the staff of the Secretary of Agriculture and was employed there until his retirement in August 1979. He resided in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Ellis was known as "Mr. Rural Electrification" and wrote a book titled "A Giant Step," which was published in 1966. The work was dedicated " the people of the rural electrification program - past and present." It is semi-autobiographical and describes relevant contributions from many of the greatest proponents of rural electrification that Ellis came to work with in his career. [5]


Ellis died from a stroke in Washington, D.C., on February 9, 1980 (age 71 years, 50 days). He is interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.[6] He was the father of two children and the grandfather of Diana West, a noted author and lecturer on breastfeeding issues.


  1. ^ "Clyde T. Ellis". The Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Clyde T. Ellis". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Clyde T. Ellis". Biographical Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Clyde T. Ellis". Arlington Cemetery. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  5. ^ {Ellis, Clyde T. A Giant Step. New York: Random House, 1966}
  6. ^ "Clyde T. Ellis". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 26 June 2013.

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