Powhatan Ellis Edit Profile
He graduated from Washington Academy (now Washington and Lee University) in 1809, attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1809 and 1810, receiving an A.B., and studied law at William and Mary College in 1813 and 1814.
He was a Lieutenant in the Prevost Guards of Virginia in 1814. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Lynchburg, Virginia. He moved to Natchez, Mississippi in 1816, and to Winchester, Mississippi later that year, continuing the practice of law in both places.
He served as a judge of the Mississippi Supreme Court from 1823 to 1825. He was again appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of David Holmes, and served from September 28, 1825 to January 28, 1826, when a successor was elected and qualified. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to fill the vacancy.
He was elected to the Senate and served from March 4, 1827, to July 16, 1832, when he resigned to accept a judicial position. On July 13, 1832, President Andrew Jackson nominated him to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Mississippi vacated by Peter Randolph. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 14, 1832, and received his commission the same day.
He resigned on January 5, 1836. He was appointed by President Andrew Jackson as Chargé d'affaires of the United States to Mexico. He served in that capacity from January to December 1836, when he closed the legation.
He was appointed by President Martin Van Buren as United States Minister Plenipotentiary to Mexico, holding that office from 1839 to 1842. He then engaged in the private practice of law in Natchez, Mississippi until at some point he moved to Richmond, Virginia. He continued in private practice there until his death in 1863.
He died on March 18, 1863 in Richmond, Virginia. He was buried at Shockoe Hill Cemetery. The city of Ellisville, Mississippi is named in his memory.
Jacksonian Democracy, Democratic Party.
Member United States Senate from Mississippi, December 3, 1827-1832.
Married Eliza Winn, February 28, 1831, 2 children.