Lawrence R. Ellzey

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Lawrence Russell Ellzey (March 20, 1891 – December 7, 1977) was a U.S. Representative from Mississippi.

Lawrence Russell Ellzey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 7th district
In office
March 15, 1932 – January 3, 1935
Preceded byPercy Quin
Succeeded byDan R. McGehee
Personal details
Born(1891-03-20)March 20, 1891
Wesson, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedDecember 7, 1977(1977-12-07) (aged 86)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Resting placeWesson Cemetery, Wesson, Mississippi, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic


Born on a farm near Wesson, Mississippi, Ellzey attended the rural schools and was graduated from Mississippi College at Clinton, A.B., 1912. He attended the University of Chicago in 1927. He became a teacher in the consolidated county schools of Mississippi between 1912 and 1917.


He 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.

Career in educationEdit

He served as superintendent of education of Lincoln County, Mississippi from 1920 to 1922. He was a teacher in the agricultural high school in Wesson from 1922 to 1928. He served as president of Copiah-Lincoln Junior College, Wesson, Mississippi from 1928 to 1932.

Career in politicsEdit

Ellzey was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second Congress by special election on March 15, 1932, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Percy Quin.

He was reelected to the Seventy-third Congress and served from March 15, 1932 until January 3, 1935. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress.

Later employmentEdit

He later was employed in the life insurance industry. He worked as an executive secretary for the Mississippi Salvage Campaign from 1942-43.


Ellzey died in Jackson, Mississippi on December 7, 1977, aged 86, and was interred in Wesson Cemetery, Wesson, Mississippi.


  • United States Congress. "Lawrence R. Ellzey (id: E000152)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Percy Quin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Dan R. McGehee