Tazewell Ellett

Tazewell Ellett (January 1, 1856 – May 19, 1914) was a one-termU.S. Representative from Virginia from 1895 to 1897.

Tazewell Ellett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byGeorge D. Wise
Succeeded byJohn Lamb
Personal details
BornJanuary 1, 1856
Richmond, Virginia
DiedMay 19, 1914(1914-05-19) (aged 58)
Summerville, South Carolina
Resting placeHollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materVirginia Military Institute
University of Virginia


Born in Richmond, Virginia in 1856, Ellett attended private schools in Richmond. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington in 1876. He was graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1878 and immediately commenced practice in Richmond. He later served as member of the board of visitors of the Virginia Military Institute.

In 1894, Ellett was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897) with 63.31% of the vote, defeating Republican J.W. Southward, Independents James M. Gregory, and Martin M. Lipscomb, and Progressive G.M. Smithdeal. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress.

After Congress, he resumed the practice of law in Richmond, and New York City.

He died in Summerville, South Carolina, May 19, 1914. He was interred in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.


  • United States Congress. "Tazewell Ellett (id: E000117)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George D. Wise
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
John Lamb