Edgar Clarence Ellis was born in Eaton County,
Michigan, October 2, 1854. He was educated in the country
schools and at Olivet College, in his native county, being
graduated from the latter institution in 1880 with a B. A. degree.
He was immediately offered a position as
instructor of Latin in Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, and
after a year there, was tendered the office of superintendent of the
city schools at Fergus Falls, Minn. During the three years in
that place, he studied law at night, and in 1884 was admitted to the
bar. He first practiced in Beloit, Kansas, but in 1887 came to
Kansas City, where he has ever since remained. In 1893 he
associated himself with Hale C. Cook under the firm name of Ellis
& Cook, and later James A. Reed and Ernest Ellis were
admitted. The firm is now Ellis, Cook & Ellis, Mr. Reed
having been elected mayor.
Mr. Ellis has been very prominent
in Republican politics, along high lines, and has been frequently
mentioned for mayor, and in connection with the office of prosecuting
He is a married man, having wedded Miss Emily
H. Roy, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Roy, of Chicago. They
have three sons.