Ephraim R. Eckley

Ephraim Ralph Eckley (* December 9, 1811 at Mount Pleasant, Jefferson County, Ohio; † 27 March 1908 in Carrollton, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1863 and 1869 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1816 Ephraim Eckley moved with his parents to Hayesville, where he attended the public schools and the local Vermillion Institute. Since 1833 he lived in Carrollton, where he worked for some time as a teacher. After studying law and his 1836 was admitted to the bar, he began practicing in this profession in Carrollton. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Whig Party launched a political career. In the years 1843 to 1846 and from 1849 to 1850 he sat in the Senate of Ohio. In 1851 he ran unsuccessfully for the office of lieutenant-governor of his state. Two years later, Eckley also failed in an attempt to be elected to the U.S. Senate. From 1853 to 1857 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio. After the dissolution of the Whigs, he joined the Republican Party, founded in 1854. In June 1856 he was a delegate participated in the first Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, was nominated on the John C. Frémont as a presidential candidate. During the Civil War he served in the army of the Union, where he rose to colonel and brevet brigadier general.

In the congressional elections of 1862 Eckley was in the 17th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James R. Morris on March 4, 1863. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1869 three legislative periods. During this time, ended the civil war. Since 1865 the work of the Congress was overshadowed by the tensions between the Republicans and President Andrew Johnson, which culminated in a narrowly failed impeachment. In the years 1865 and 1868, the 13th and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified.

1868 renounced Ephraim Eckley on another candidacy. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he again worked as a lawyer in Carrollton. Politically, he no longer exhibited. He died on March 27, 1908 at the age of 96 years in Carrollton. With his wife Mary he had five children.