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Justice William Hull Ellis

William Hull Ellis (Gadsden)  [served 23 years, 10 months]
Served January 5, 1915 – November 1, 1938 as Justice   
Served January 11, 1927 – January 8, 1929 and January 1937 – November 1, 1938 as Chief Justice  [elected at age 47]
b. Pensacola, Florida, September 17, 1867     d. April 14, 1948, Jacksonville, Florida
County Judge:  No.          Circuit Judge:  No.

William Ellis grew up in Quincy, Florida, and attended school there.  He then entered business college in Atlanta, went back to Quincy to study law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1889.  Ellis became active in politics during the Progressive Era (1901-1926).  He contributed to the founding of the Florida Bar Association, helped set up the Florida state auditor’s office, and was appointed attorney general by Governor William Jennings.  In 1914, he ran for and was elected to the Florida Supreme Court.  Ellis served on the court until he retired, due to ill health, in 1938.

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