Judge James Ellison was born at Monticello, Mo., July
12, 1850, the sixth child and third son of Judge James Ellison of the
Northeast Circuit Court of the State. He went to school first at
Christian University, Canton, Mo., and later to Christian Brothers'
College in St. Louis. He began the practice of law at
Kirksville, Mo., at eighteen years of age with his father, Andrew
Ellison, afterwards judge of that circuit for twenty-two years.
In 1884 Judge Ellison was a Cleveland elector, and in the fall of that
year was appointed Judge of Kansas City Court of Appeals for four
years. He was elected in 1888 for a term of eight years, and in
1896 was again elected for a term of twelve years.
Judge Ellison has rendered decisions in many
of the most important cases in the State.