Alfred Peck Edgerton

Alfred Peck Edgerton ( born January 11, 1813 in Plattsburgh, New York, † May 14 1897 in Hicksville, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1851 and 1855 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Alfred Edgerton was the older brother of Congressman Joseph K. Edgerton (1818-1893) from Indiana. He attended the Plattsburg Academy and then worked for a short time in the newspaper industry. Later he worked in New York City in the trade. Since 1837 he lived in Hicksville. He was manager of the American Land Co. and was involved between 1837 to 1852 on the development of new land to settle near Hicksville. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party. In the years 1845 and 1846 he sat in the Senate of Ohio.

In the congressional elections of 1850 Edgerton was in the fifth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Emery D. Potter on March 4, 1851. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1855 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events leading up to the Civil War. Since 1853 he was chairman of the Committee on Claims.

In 1853 Alfred Edgerton was financial agent of the Board of Commissioners of Ohio State Fund based in New York. In 1857 he moved to Fort Wayne in Indiana, where he served as Manager of the Company for the Wabash & Erie Canal 1859-1868. In 1868 he returned to Ohio, where he ran unsuccessfully for the post of Deputy Governor. His last public office Edgerton in 1885 as chairman of the United States Civil Service Commission. He died on 14 May 1897 in Hicksville and was buried in Fort Wayne.