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Joseph Ketchum EDGERTON

(1818-1893)

EDGERTON, Joseph Ketchum, (brother of Alfred Peck Edgerton), a Representative from Indiana; born in Vergennes, Addison County, Vt., February 16, 1818; attended the public schools of Clinton County, N.Y.; studied law in Plattsburg (N.Y.) Academy; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New York City in 1839; moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1844 and continued the practice of law; director of the Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad Co. in 1854 and later its president; president of the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad Co. in 1855; director of the Ohio & Indiana Railroad Co. in 1856; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; died in Boston, Mass., August 25, 1893; interment in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind.

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

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