Ellen Maria Colfax

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Ellen Colfax
Ellen Maria Colfax.jpg
Second Lady of the United States
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1873
President Abraham Lincoln
Preceded by Eliza Johnson (1865)
Succeeded by Eliza Hendricks (1885)
Personal details
Born (1836-07-26)July 26, 1836
Andover, Ohio, U.S.
Died March 4, 1911(1911-03-04) (aged 74)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Spouse(s) Schuyler Colfax (1868–1885)

Ellen Maria Wade Colfax (July 26, 1836 – March 4, 1911) was the second wife of Schuyler Colfax, who became the first House Speaker to be elected Vice President when he ran on a ticket headed by Ulysses S. Grant in 1868. She was born at Andover, Ohio in 1836.[1]

On November 18, 1868, just two weeks after the election, Ellen Maria Wade married the man who had defeated her uncle, Senator Benjamin Franklin Wade of Ohio, in the race for the Republican vice presidential nomination. They had one son, Schuyler Colfax III, in April 1870.[2] She died at her home in South Bend, Indiana in 1911 after a period of poor health, on the 42nd anniversary of her husband's assumption of the vice-presidency.[3] She was survived by her son Schuyler Colfax III.[4][5] Her funeral was held March 7, 1911 at the Colfax home, and she was buried next to her husband.[6]


  1. "Mrs. Colfax.", Fort Wayne News, Saturday, March 04, 1911, Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States Of America
  2. http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/VP_Schuyler_Colfax.htm
  3. "Mrs. Ellen Colfax Dead", Ardmore Daily Ardmoreite, Sunday, March 05, 1911, Ardmore, Oklahoma, United States Of America
  4. "Mrs. Ellen Colfax Dead", Goshen Democrat, Tuesday, March 07, 1911, Goshen, Indiana, United States Of America
  5. "Mrs. Colfax Dies at Advanced Age", Fort Wayne Sentinel, Saturday, March 04, 1911, Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States Of America
  6. "Mrs. Colfax Buried", Richmond Morning News, Wednesday, March 08, 1911, Richmond, Indiana, United States Of America
Honorary titles
Title last held by
Eliza Johnson
Second Lady of the United States
Title next held by
Eliza Hendricks