J. P. Ellicott prepared at Adams Academy which he attended for three years, and at Phillips Andover Academy which he attended for two years, and from which he was graduated with the class of '96. He entered Harvard the following autumn as a special student. While at Andover he was prominent among the student body, as an athlete and a society man.
At Harvard he was a member of the Theta Delta Chi and the Pi Eta. He was widely know by his classmates and was endowed with a sincere, manly disposition.
Ellicott was taken ill with a mild attack of measles, the day before the beginning of the mid-year examinations. Advised to go home at once, he left immediately for Baltimore. The attack of measles was slight and he soon recoverd, only to lapse into pneumonia from which he never rallied and of which he died yesterday morning.