Elliott, Asa

Alternate name: Elliot

Elliott moved to Vermilion County, Illinois, in 1822. He was the first justice of the peace of the county and served on the second Board of County Commissioners. Beginning in 1826 and continuing to 1834, he began purchasing public lands in the southeastern part of the county. In August 1834, voters in Champaign, Edgar, and Vermilion counties elected Elliott, a Whig, as their representative in the Illinois House of Representatives. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in August 1836. In August 1838, Vermilion County voters returned him to the House. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1840. In August 1842, he failed in his bid to return to the House. He moved to Kansas after the death of a son.

Lottie E. Jones History of Vermilion County Illinois (Chicago: Pioneer, 1911), 1:111-12; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Vermilion County, 236:37, 291:13, 815:152, 817:3; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 204, 207; Theodore C. Pease, ed., Illinois Election Returns, 1818-1848, vol. 18 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1923), 275, 294, 316, 375.