Isaac Ellmaker Hiester

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Isaac E. Ellmaker. Engraving by Galaxy Publishing Company (Philadelphia).

Isaac Ellmaker Hiester (May 29, 1824 – February 6, 1871) was an American political leader of the nineteenth Century. He was a member of the Hiester Family political dynasty. He was the son of William Hiester and cousin of Hiester Clymer.

Hiester was born in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on May 29, 1824. He graduated from Yale University in 1842, and while at college helped to found the Scroll and Key Society. He then studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1845, afterwards practicing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

In 1848, the Governor of Pennsylvania appointed Hiester Deputy Attorney General (District Attorney) for Lancaster County, and he held the post until 1851.

In 1852, he successfully ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives as a Whig. He was defeated for reelection in 1854, and ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat in 1856.

Hiester returned to his law practice, and sided with the Union during the American Civil War. He was a Delegate to the 1868 Democratic National Convention, and also represented Pennsylvania on the Democratic National Committee.

He died in Lancaster on February 6, 1871. Hiester was buried at Lancaster Cemetery.[1]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Glancy Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district

1853-1855
Succeeded by
Anthony E. Roberts