Ernest Robinson Ackerman

Ernest Robinson Ackerman ( born June 17, 1863 in New York City; † 18 October 1931 in Plainfield, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1919 and 1931 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Ernest Ackerman attended public and private schools in Plainfield, where his parents had moved with him shortly after his birth. In 1880 he graduated from the local high school. Subsequently he worked in the production of cement. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Republican Party. In the years 1891 and 1892 he was a member of the City Council of Plainfield; 1905 to 1911 he sat in the New Jersey Senate, which he was president, succeeding Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen in 1911. In the years 1908 and 1916 Ackerman participated in the respective Republican National Conventions as a delegate. From 1916 to 1920 he was a board member of the Rutgers College in New Brunswick. During World War II he headed the Food Administration Authority in Union County. From 1918 to 1920 Ackerman was also a member of the Education Committee of his state. He was also a member of the New Jersey Geological Survey.

In the congressional elections of 1918, Ackerman was in the fifth electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William F. Birch on March 4, 1919. After six re- elections he could remain until his death on October 18, 1931 in Congress. During his time as a deputy of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1919. It was about the nationwide introduction of women's suffrage. After his death, his mandate was made after a special election to the Democrats Percy Hamilton Stewart.

Since 1892, he was married to the coming of Maryland Nora L. Weber. The marriage remained childless. In September 1907 both took part in the maiden voyage of the RMS Lusitania, the then largest ship in the world, from Liverpool to New York.