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Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Eltse attended the public schools. He graduated from Penn College (now William Penn University). Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 1909 and from Haverford (Pennsylvania) College in 1910. He moved to Berkeley, California, in 1912. He attended the law department of the University of California at Berkeley. He was admitted to the bar in 1915 and commenced practice in Berkeley, California. He served as member of the Republican State committee 1932-1935. He served as delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1932, 1934, and 1940.
Eltse was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-third Congress (March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress and for election in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress. He resumed the practice of law. Resided in Berkeley, California, where he died March 18, 1971. Entombment in Sunset Mausoleum.
- United States Congress. "Ralph R. Eltse (id: E000162)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Ralph R. Eltse at Find a Grave
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