Elias S. Holliday

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Elias S. Holiday
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1901 – March 4, 1909
Preceded byGeorge W. Faris
Succeeded byRalph Wilbur Moss
Personal details
Elias Selah Holiday

(1842-03-05)March 5, 1842
Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMarch 13, 1936(1936-03-13) (aged 94)
Brazil, Indiana
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceBrazil, Indiana
EducationHartsville College
Military service
AllegianceUnion Army
RankFirst sergeant
UnitFifth Kansas Regiment

Elias Selah Holliday (March 5, 1842 – March 13, 1936) was an American lawyer, Civil War veteran, and politician who served four terms as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1901 to 1909.

Early life and career

Born in Aurora, Indiana, Holliday spent the early part of his life on farms in Indiana, Missouri, and Iowa. He attended the common schools and taught in the public schools in Iowa.

Civil War

During the Civil War enlisted in the Fifth Kansas Regiment and served until August 12, 1864, when he was mustered out with the rank of first sergeant.

Legal career

He attended Hartsville College, Bartholomew County, Indiana. He engaged in teaching in Jennings County, Indiana. He studied law at Mount Vernon, Indiana. He was admitted to the bar in 1873 and commenced practice in Carbon, Indiana.

Political career

He moved to Brazil, Indiana, in 1874. He served as mayor of Brazil 1877–1880, 1887, and 1888. City attorney in 1884. He served as member of the city council 1892–1896.


Holliday was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1909).[1] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1908. Reengaged in the practice of law in Brazil, Indiana until 1922.


He died in Brazil, Indiana, March 13, 1936. He was interred in Cottage Hill Cemetery.


  1. ^ "S. Doc. 58-1 - Fifty-eighth Congress. (Extraordinary session -- beginning November 9, 1903.) Official Congressional Directory for the use of the United States Congress. Compiled under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing by A.J. Halford. Special edition. Corrections made to November 5, 1903". GovInfo.gov. U.S. Government Printing Office. 9 November 1903. p. 28. Retrieved 2 July 2023.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by