Alex Zelius

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Alex Zelius
Born May 20, 1859
Christiana, Norway
Died August 21, 1926
Occupation Ship chandler and grocer

Erik Alexander Zelius was a ship chandler and grocer, as well as (for some time) the vice consul for both Norway, the Netherlands and Russia.

Born in Christiana, Norway, he migrated to Quebec in 1869 and to Pensacola in 1885. Quickly entering the ship chandlery business, he owned two launches (the Alberta and the Florida) used for loading larger ships in the Bay.

In 1908 he stood for election as Pensacola Harbor Master but lost. He served as chairman of the City of Pensacola's Board of Public Works under Mayor Charles H. Bliss, and as a City Judge. He was a charter member of the Pensacola Yacht Club and of the Knight of Pythias Lodge.

Electoral history

Pensacola Harbor Master, 1908

This election was held May 19, 1908.

DEM J. Ed Abercrombie 1,809 57.5%
DEM Alex Zelius 710 22.5%
DEM Frank A. Boghich 621 20%

Other images


  • Wentworth, T. T. Jr. They Were Here #8 (1966).
  • J. S. Glass, editor. The Southern Manufacturer, Volume V, Number 3. New Orleans: June 1901.