Alfred Peck Edgerton

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Alfred Peck Edgerton
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1855
Preceded by Emery D. Potter
Succeeded by Richard Mott
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Defiance and 7 other counties district
In office
December 1, 1845 – December 6, 1847
Preceded by new district
Succeeded by Sabrit Scott
Personal details
Born January 11, 1813
Plattsburgh, New York
Died May 14, 1897(1897-05-14) (aged 84)
Hicksville, Ohio
Political party Democratic

Alfred Peck Edgerton (January 11, 1813 – May 14, 1897) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio for two terms.

Edgerton was born in Plattsburgh, New York on January 11, 1813. He graduated from Plattsburgh Academy and worked briefly for a newspaper.

He moved to New York City to work in advertising and other business pursuits. Within a few years, in 1837, Edgerton moved to Hicksville, Ohio, an area of development. He became manager of the American Land Company, engaging in surveying and selling land for settlement and development in northern Ohio. He was the founder of Edgerton, Ohio.

A Democrat, Edgerton served in the Ohio State Senate from 1845 and 1846. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1850 and served two terms as a member of the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses, March 4, 1851 to March 3, 1855.

After leaving Congress, Edgerton resided in New York City. He worked as the financial agent of Ohio's Board of Fund Commissioners, the agency responsible for issuing, paying interest on, redeeming and canceling the state's general obligation bonds. In 1857 he moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana as general manager of the Wabash and Erie Canal.

Edgerton returned to Ohio in 1868, and that year was an unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

In 1873 he built St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Hicksville, Ohio). The church was consecrated on Oct 1, 1875 and on the same day his grandson Robert Swartwout was the first child baptized.

In 1885 Edgerton was appointed Chairman of the United States Civil Service Commission, and he served until 1889.

Edgerton died in Hicksville, Ohio on May 14, 1897. His body was transported to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was buried in Lindenwood Cemetery, as was his brother.

Alfred P. Edgerton was the brother of Joseph Ketchum Edgerton, an attorney and businessman who served in Congress from Indiana. His parents were Bela Edgerton and Phebe Ketchum. On February 9, 1841, he married Charlotte Elizabeth Dixon (1816-1895), daughter of Charles Dixon and Lucy Sage. They had eight children, Henry, Cornelia, Frances, Alfred Jr., Charlotte Anna, Arthur, and Dixon Edgerton. He was grandfather to architect Egerton Swartwout.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Emery D. Potter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th congressional district

1851–1855
Succeeded by
Richard Mott