Edward Ball (congressman)

Edward Ball ( * November 6, 1811 in Fairfax County, Virginia; † November 22, 1872 in Zanesville, Ohio ) was an American politician. From 1853 to 1857 he represented the State of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Edward Ball attended primary school in his home. He later moved to Zanesville, Ohio, where he worked in agriculture. Between 1837 and 1843 he was in Muskingum County in the police service. Until 1838 he was deputy sheriff and then full-time in this district. From 1845 to 1849 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio; in 1849 he published the newspaper Zanesville Courier. Politically he was first a member of the Whig party.

In the congressional elections of 1852 Ball in the 16th electoral district of Ohio was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Independent Democrats John Johnson on March 4, 1853. After a re-election as a candidate of the opposition party, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1857 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events leading up to the Civil War. Since 1855 ball was chairman of the Committee on public property. In 1856 he gave up another candidacy.

After studying law and his 1860 was admitted as a lawyer in Zanesville ball began to work in this profession. Politically, he had fallen in with the Republican Party. In May 1860 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in part in Chicago, was nominated on the Abraham Lincoln as a presidential candidate. From 1861 to 1863 he was the successor of Henry William Hoffman ceremonial function of the Sergeant at Arms held in the U.S. House of Representatives. He then continued his legal practice. From 1868 to 1870 he was again a member of parliament from Ohio. Edward Ball died on 22 November 1872, when he was captured near Zanesville by a train and fatally injured.