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Ebon Clark INGERSOLL

(1831-1879)

INGERSOLL, Ebon Clark, a Representative from Illinois; born in Dresden, Yates County, N.Y., on December 12, 1831; moved to Wisconsin Territory in 1843 and subsequently to Illinois; pursued classical studies in Peoria, Ill., and in Paducah, Ky.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice in Peoria, Ill.; member of the State house of representatives in 1856; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Owen Lovejoy; reelected to the Thirty-ninth, Fortieth, and Forty-first Congresses and served from May 20, 1864, to March 3, 1871; chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses), Committee on Roads and Canals (Forty-first Congress), Committee on Railways and Canals (Forty-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; settled in Washington, D.C., and engaged in the practice of law until his death there on May 31, 1879; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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