Home About Chat Users Issues Party Candidates Polling Firms Media News Polls Calendar Key Races United States President Senate House Governors International

"A historical political resource." 
Email: Password:

  Ellis, Seth H.
NameSeth H. Ellis
Waynesville, Ohio , United States
Born January 03, 1830
DiedJune 23, 1904 (74 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Dec 27, 2014 07:50pm
Tags Society of Friends -
InfoSeth Hockett Ellis was born on a farm near Martinsville, Clinton County, Ohio. He married Rebecca Jane Tressler, on 21 August 1851 in Warren County.

In 1873, he was elected first Master of the Ohio State Grange, of which he was a founder.

Ellis was the leader of the Union Reform Party, which sought to collect all the various reform movements into one national party. The movement was widely ridiculed in the press. He was the party's nominee for Governor of Ohio in 1899 and the party's nomiee for President in 1900. In the latter race, 80% of Ellis's votes came from his home state of Ohio.

Ellis served as one of the two presiding officers of the 1903 centennial of Quakers in Waynesville, Ohio.

He died in Waynesville at age 74.

Also a candidate that year was Seth Hockett Ellis, of Springboro.

Ellis was the candidate of the Union Reform Party, a group dedicated to a "campaign for education."

His eventual defeat did nothing to diminish his reputation as a nationally respected leader on the agricultural and political scenes, however.

Ellis was a man of character and principle. He would not take up the banner of a political party unless its platforms meshed totally with his own beliefs. And so, in several political campaigns, he was stymied by the anonymity of his chosen political affiliation.

In 1899 he had been defeated in his bid for Ohio Governor as a Union Reform candidate. A few years earlier, he had failed to win the Governor's chair as a candidate for the Prohibition Party. Before that, he had been a Republican; that fact didn't help as he missed election to the Ohio Legislature.

Despite the string of disappointments, and having never been elected to a major political office, he was important in the politics of the Midwest.

But that was not the area of his contributions which have made his name noble in Ohio history, and have earned him several exhibits in the Ohio Historical Museum.

He was a pioneer in the promotion of Ohio and national agriculture.

Born in Martinsville, Ohio in 1830, he moved to Springboro as a 17-year old, and married Rebecca Tressler, a Clearcreek farmer's daughter, in 1851.

That year he taught in a schoolhouse located just north of Springboro. His salary enabled the newlyweds to buy a modest farm near the school.
When farmwork and his various responsibilities became too demanding of his advancing years, Seth and Rebecca rented out the Salem Farm and moved to a small house in Waynesville.
It was there that Seth died in 1904, crushed by a falling tree.
After her marriage to Seth Ellis in 1851, she helped him form the Ohio Grange, while raising their seven children.



Title Purchase Contributor

Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor

Importance? 7.00000 Average


  11/06/1900 US President National Vote Lost 0.04% (-51.63%)
  09/03/1900 US President - UnRf National Convention Won 83.70% (+70.08%)
  11/02/1899 OH Governor Lost 0.86% (-45.08%)
  11/05/1895 OH Governor Lost 2.54% (-48.46%)
  11/06/1894 OH District 06 Lost 4.01% (-53.29%)
  11/04/1890 OH - District 03 Lost 1.08% (-50.41%)