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James Edwin Ellerbe (January 12, 1867 – October 24, 1917) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

James Edwin Ellerbe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byRobert B. Scarborough
Succeeded byJ. Willard Ragsdale
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1867-01-12)January 12, 1867
Sellers, South Carolina
DiedOctober 24, 1917(1917-10-24) (aged 50)
Asheville, North Carolina
Resting placeSellers, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materWofford College
University of South Carolina
Professionfarmer, politician

Born in Sellers, South Carolina, Ellerbe attended Pine Hill Academy and the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He graduated from Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1887, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. He engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1894-1896. He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1895.

Ellerbe was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1913). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1912. He resumed his agricultural pursuits. He died in Asheville, North Carolina, October 24, 1917. He was interred in the family burial ground near Sellers, South Carolina.


  • United States Congress. "J. Edwin Ellerbe (id: E000113)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert B. Scarborough
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
J. Willard Ragsdale