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J. Breckenridge Ellis

Born: 1870

Death: Jan 1, 1956

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

J. Breckenridge Ellis

Date of Birth : 1870
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1956

John Breckenridge Ellis was an American writer of the late 19th and early 20th century. Mr. Ellis was born near Hannibal, Missouri, February 11, 1870, but spent most of his life in Clinton County. He was the son of John W. Ellis, PhD. and Sallie Breckenridge Ellis. In 1880, his father purchased Plattsburg College and the family moved to Plattsburg, Missouri where the elementary school still bears his name. J. Breckenridge Ellis was a prolific writer, having written 26 works that have appeared in book form besides numerous serials of book length which have been published by national magazines. His novel, Fran, was on the best seller list in America, and made into a movie. Several of his works were made into motion pictures and stage plays. He also served as president of the Missouri Writers' Guild. During the 1900s-1910s, Ellis supplied numerous serials to the Chicago Ledger. Many featured the recurring character Detective "Keeneyes." Ellis' writing is of the Stanley Weyman school. His romances were pithy and understated, artfully avoiding the affectations and pretensions of many of his contemporaries.


  • Writer
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • John B. Ellis
  • John Breckenridge Ellis
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