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Ephraim Ralph ECKLEY

(1811-1908)

ECKLEY, Ephraim Ralph, a Representative from Ohio; born near Mt. Pleasant, Jefferson County, Ohio, December 9, 1811; moved with his parents to Hayesville, Ohio, in 1816; attended the common schools and was graduated from Vermillion Institute, Hayesville, Ohio; moved to Carrollton, Carroll County, Ohio, in 1833 and taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Carrollton; member of the State senate 1843-1846, 1849, and 1850; unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 1851; served in the State house of representatives 1853-1857; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1853 to the United States Senate; delegate to the first Republican National Convention at Philadelphia in 1856; during the Civil War served in the Union Army as colonel of the Twenty-sixth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and also of the Eighteenth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; brevetted brigadier general; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1869); was not a candidate for renomination in 1868; resumed the practice of law in Carrollton, Carroll County, Ohio, where he died March 27, 1908; interment in Grand View Cemetery.

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

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