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Alfred Peck EDGERTON

(1813-1897)

EDGERTON, Alfred Peck, (brother of Joseph Ketchum Edgerton), a Representative from Ohio; born in Plattsburg, N.Y., January 11, 1813; was graduated from Plattsburg Academy; engaged in newspaper work for a brief period, and later in commercial pursuits in New York City; moved to Hicksville, Ohio, in 1837; manager of the American Land Co., and engaged in opening new land for settlement in northwestern Ohio, near Hicksville, 1837-1852; member of the State senate in 1845 and 1846; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1855); chairman, Committee on Claims (Thirty-third Congress); financial agent of the Board of State Fund Commissioners of Ohio in 1853, with residence in New York City; moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1857; general manager of the Wabash & Erie Canal 1859-1868; unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 1868; chairman of the United States Civil Service Commission in 1885; died in Hicksville, Defiance County, Ohio, May 14, 1897; interment in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind.

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

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