Senator Lyman A. Ellis View All Years
LYMAN A. ELLIS was born near Burlington, Vt., March 11, 1835; he died at Clinton, Iowa, June 8, 1906. He received his education in the schools of Bakersfield and Colchester, and graduated from a law school in Vermont. In the spring of 1861 he came to Iowa and located in Lyons, Clinton county. In 1865 he was elected district attorney of the 7th Judicial District, including the counties of Jackson, Scott and Muscatine. He soon became a successful jury advocate and trial lawyer, and was four times chosen to the position. He finally retired in 1880, thereafter engaging in practice in State and Federal courts. In 1893 he was elected to the General Assembly as Senator from Clinton county. He refused re-election in 1897 because the necessary absence in Des Moines interfered seriously with his law practice. During the extra session of the 26th General Assembly in 1897 he was chairman of the judiciary committee and was made a member of the joint committee of the house and senate for the Annotation and Publication of the Code of 1897.