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Price Ellison was born in England in 1851. In 1873 he left England for North America. After travelling across the United States from Boston to California he finally moved to Canada and settled in Vernon in 1876. He purchased large amounts of land on which he raised cattle and grew wheat. In 1884 he married Sophie Johnson, Vernon's first school teacher. Price Ellison entered provincial politics in 1898 when he was elected in the riding of Yale East. He was elected in the same riding as a Conservative in 1903. In 1909 he entered the Cabinet, holding the post of Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works. A year later he became Minister of Finance and Agriculture. He was defeated in the 1916 provincial election.