Abram Halstead Ellis

Abram Halstead Ellis
Associate Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court
In office
January 15, 1901  September 25, 1902
Appointed by William E. Stanley
Preceded by Newly Created Position
Succeeded by Rousseau Angelus Burch
Personal details
Born (1847-05-21)May 21, 1847
Cayuga County, New York
Died September 25, 1902(1902-09-25) (aged 55)
Topeka, Kansas

Abram Halstead Ellis (May 21, 1847 - September 25, 1902) was a Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court from January 15, 1901 to September 25, 1902. He was the first justice of the Kansas Supreme Court to die while still a sitting member.[1]

Early life

Ellis was born May 21, 1847 in Cayuga, New York,[1] to Elmer Eugene and Jane Maria (nee Halstead) Ellis. He moved with his parents to Eaton County, Michigan when he was still a child and received his education at the schools in Battle Creek.[1]

Civil War service

At age 16, Ellis enlisted in the Union Army in 1864.[1] He served as a private in Company C, 7th Michigan Cavalry until being discharged with the regiment in 1865.

Law career

Ellis was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1872 and practiced there until 1878, when he moved to Beloit, Kansas.[1] He continued to practice law and was active in Mitchell County politics as a Republican, serving as a delegate to the 1892 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, which nominated President Benjamin Harrison for a second term.

When the Kansas Supreme Court was expanded by a state constitutional amendment in 1900, Ellis was appointed a Justice by Governor William E. Stanley.[1]

Personal life

Ellis married Marian Josephine Prindle on May 30, 1872 in Chester, Michigan. Together they had two children: Ward (b. 1882) and Hale (b. 1890).


Ellis died in Topeka, Kansas on September 25, 1902,[1] and is buried Elmwood Cemetery in Beloit.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Franklin George Adams, George Washington Martin, Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society (1915), p. 121-122.
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