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Ephraim Leister ACKER

(1827-1903)

ACKER, Ephraim Leister, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Marlboro Township, Montgomery County, Pa., January 11, 1827; attended the common schools and the academy at Sumneytown; was graduated from Marshall College, Mercersburg, Pa., September 8, 1847; taught school for two years; was graduated in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in March 1852; editor and publisher of the Norristown Register 1853-1877; superintendent of the schools of Montgomery County from June 1854 to June 1860; appointed postmaster of Norristown, Pa., in March 1860 by President Buchanan and after serving eleven months was removed by President Lincoln; served as inspector of Montgomery County Prison for three years; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress; resumed the publication of his newspaper until 1877, when he began the study of law; was admitted to the bar and practiced until his death in Norristown, Pa., May 12, 1903; interment in Norris City Cemetery, Norriton Township, Montgomery County, Pa.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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