Harris Ellsworth

Mathew Harris Ellsworth (September 17, 1899 – February 7, 1986) was an American newspaperman and politician who served six terms as a Republican U.S. congressman from Oregon from 1943 to 1957.

Mathew Harris Ellsworth
Harris Ellsworth (Oregon Congressman).jpg
From 1953's Pocket Congressional Directory of the Eighty-Fourth Congress.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1957
Preceded byDistrict established
Succeeded byCharles O. Porter
Member of the Oregon Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1899-09-17)September 17, 1899
Hoquiam, Washington
DiedFebruary 7, 1986(1986-02-07) (aged 86)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Political partyRepublican

Early lifeEdit

Born in Hoquiam, Washington, Ellsworth moved together with his parents to Eugene, Oregon, and later to nearby Wendling, where he attended public schools.[1] In 1922, he graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Oregon.[1] He worked in the newspaper and lumber industries in the 1920s, and was an associate professor of journalism at the University of Oregon in 1928 and 1929.[1] While serving as manager of the Oregon State Editorial Association (now the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association), in 1929, he purchased an interest in The Roseburg News-Review, eventually becoming its editor and publisher. Ellsworth helped to bring a Veteran's Administration hospital to Roseburg, which provided construction jobs to the area hard-hit by the Great Depression. In 1936, he was instrumental in bringing KRNR radio on the air, one of Oregon's first radio stations based outside of Portland.[2]

Political careerEdit

In 1941, Ellsworth was appointed to the Oregon State Senate.[1] In 1942, Ellsworth was elected to the United States House of Representatives, representing Oregon's 4th congressional district, which had just been established after the 1940 census.[1] He served seven terms,[1] and sat on the House Appropriations Committee and House Rules Committee. In the 1956 election, he was narrowly defeated by Democrat Charles O. Porter, whom Ellsworth had defeated two years earlier.

After losing the election, Ellsworth was appointed by President Eisenhower to a two-year term as chairman of the United States Civil Service Commission, serving until February 28, 1959.[1]

After CongressEdit

Ellsworth left politics and resumed his newspaper business and became a real estate broker.[1] He retired to Albuquerque, New Mexico in the 1970s, where he lived until his death on February 7, 1986.[1] He was interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Albuquerque.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ellsworth, Mathew Harris." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Text from this public domain source has been incorporated into this article.
  2. ^ "Hall of Achievement". University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Archived from the original on 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
  3. ^ Guide to the Harris Ellsworth papers at the University of Oregon

External linksEdit

U.S. House of Representatives
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from Oregon's 4th congressional district

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