Ephraim Leister Acker

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Ephraim Leister Acker
Ephraim L. Acker (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873
Preceded by John D. Stiles
Succeeded by James S. Biery
Personal details
Born (1827-01-11)January 11, 1827
Marlborough Township, Pennsylvania
Died May 12, 1903(1903-05-12) (aged 76)
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Marshall College

Ephraim Leister Acker (January 11, 1827 – May 12, 1903) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Life and career[edit]

Ephraim L. Acker was born in Marlborough Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools and the academy at Sumneytown, a village in Marlborough Township. He graduated from Marshall College in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1847. He was a school teacher for two years, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia in March 1852.[1] He was editor and publisher of the Norristown Register from 1853 to 1877. He served as superintendent of the schools of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, from June 1854 to June 1860. He was appointed postmaster of Norristown, Pennsylvania in March 1860 by President James Buchanan and after serving eleven months was removed by President Abraham Lincoln. He served as inspector of Montgomery County Prison for three years.

Acker was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872. He resumed the publication of his newspaper until 1877, when he began the study of law, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1886.[1] He was admitted to the bar and practiced until his death in Norristown in 1903. He was interred in Norris City Cemetery in East Norriton Township.


  1. ^ a b "Penn and the U.S. Congress Roster of Alumni, Faculty and Trustees 1774 to the present". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John D. Stiles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
James S. Biery