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Edward BALL

(1811-1872)

BALL, Edward, a Representative from Ohio; born in Fairfax County, near Falls Church, Va., November 6, 1811; attended the village school; moved to Ohio and located near Zanesville; engaged in agricultural pursuits; deputy sheriff of Muskingum County in 1837 and 1838 and sheriff 1839-1843; member of the State house of representatives 1845-1849; became editor of the Zanesville Courier in 1849; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857); chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Thirty-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1856; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1860 and commenced practice in Zanesville; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1860; Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives in the Thirty-seventh Congress 1861-1863; resumed the practice of law; again a member of the State house of representatives 1868-1870; accidentally killed by a railroad train near Zanesville, Ohio, on November 22, 1872; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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