JAMES M. ELLIOTT, Jr., Manufacturer, Gadsden, Ala., was born in Rome, Ga., November 12, 1854, there attended the common schools, and graduated in 1874, from Emory and Henry College, Virginia. Leaving school, he engaged in steamboat business, and, in connection with lumber manufacture, continued thereat until 1885. Since the latter year, having closed out his steamboat interest, he has given his entire attention to the production of and traffic in lumber. From 1883 to 186 he operated in lumber in Alabama, Kansas and Texas, and in 1887 organized the Elliott Car Company, of which he is president and general manager. He is also connected with the Kyle Lumber Company and the Elliott Pig Iron Company. In January, 1878, he married Miss Nena Kyle, the accomplished daughter of Col. Robert Kyle, of Gadsden.
Mr. Elliott is a son of James M. and Emily J. (Ross) Elliott, natives, respectively, of Virginia and Alabama. M. Elliott, Sr., settled at Rome, Ga., in 1847, and from that time until 1881 was in the steamboat business on the Coosa River. He was the second man that ever ran a boat on this river. He began life a poor boy, but at this writing he is possessed of a handsome competency. In 1871 he organized the Round Mountain Pig Iron Works, and was the general superintendent of that concern a number of years. He is now the president of the Elliott Pig Iron Company, located at Round Mountain. His forefathers were among the early settlers of Virginia. He has reared a family of three sons and three daughters. The sons are all active business men, and the daughters, with one exception, are married.
Source: McCalley, Henry, Northern Alabama : historical and biographical. Birmingham, AL: Smith & De Land, 1888, pp. 835.