Ephraim R. Eckley

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Ephraim Ralph Eckley
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869
Preceded byJames R. Morris
Succeeded byJacob A. Ambler
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Jefferson & Carroll counties district
In office
December 4, 1843 – December 5, 1847
Preceded byJames Mitchell
Succeeded byAlden J. Bennett
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Tuscarawas & Carroll counties district
In office
December 3, 1849 – January 4, 1852
Preceded byAlden J. Bennett
Succeeded bydistrict eliminated
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Carroll County district
In office
January 2, 1854 – January 6, 1856
Preceded byRobert George
Succeeded bySilas Potts
Personal details
Born(1811-12-09)December 9, 1811
Mount Pleasant, Ohio
DiedMarch 27, 1908(1908-03-27) (aged 96)
Carrollton, Ohio
Resting placeGrand View Cemetery, Carrollton
40°34′09″N 81°04′55″W / 40.56917°N 81.08194°W / 40.56917; -81.08194
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Martha L. Brown
Alma materVermillion Institute
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnion Army
Years of service1861-1863
RankBrevet Brigadier General
Unit26th Ohio Infantry
80th Ohio Infantry[1]

Ephraim Ralph Eckley (December 9, 1811 – March 27, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Early life[edit]

Eckley was born near Mount Pleasant, Jefferson County, Ohio but moved with his parents to Hayesville, Ohio in 1816.

He attended the common schools and was graduated from Vermillion Institute, Hayesville, Ohio. He moved to Carrollton, Ohio in 1833 and taught school.

He studied law under William Johnston[2] and was admitted to the bar in 1836; he commenced practice in Carrollton.

He served as member of the State senate 1843-1846, 1849, and 1850 but was an unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 1851. He also served in the State house of representatives 1853-1855 but was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1853 to the United States Senate.

He served as delegate to the first Republican National Convention at Philadelphia in 1856.

Civil War[edit]

During the Civil War, Eckley served in the Union Army as the colonel of the 26th Ohio Infantry, and later of the 80th Ohio Infantry. At the end of the war, he was brevetted as a brigadier general and mustered out of the army.


Eckley was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869) but was not a candidate for renomination in 1868.

He resumed the practice of law in Carrollton, Ohio. He died March 27, 1908 in Carrollton, Ohio and was interred in Grand View Cemetery.

He married Martha L. Brown and had five children.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reid, p. 182, 458.
  2. ^ Harrison and Carroll, p. 785.
  3. ^ Eckley, H.J.; Perry, W.T. (1921). History of Carroll and Harrison Counties. 1. The Lewis Publishing Co. p. 62.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James R. Morris
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 17th congressional district

March 4, 1863 - March 3, 1869
Succeeded by
Jacob A. Ambler