J. Hale Sypher

Jacob Hale Sypher (* June 22, 1837 in Millerstown, Perry County, Pennsylvania, † May 9, 1905 in Baltimore, Maryland ) was an American politician. Between 1868 and 1875 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Hale Sypher attended until 1859, the Alfred University in upstate New York. He then worked in Cleveland (Ohio ) as a teacher. During the Civil War he joined the army of the Union from simple soldiers up to the Colonel. After the war he bought a plantation in the northern part of the State of Louisiana. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer in New Orleans, he began to work in his new profession.

Politically Sypher was a member of the Republican Party. In 1868 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, was nominated on the Ulysses S. Grant as the presidential candidate of the party. After the re- admission of the State of Louisiana in Congress, he was the first electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his mandate on 18 July 1868. Until March 3, 1869, he finished there first the current legislative period. For the 1868 elections actually the former MP Louis St. Martin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congress declared these elections but after an objection by Sypher invalid. This won the then scheduled special election and was able to ensure that from November 7, 1870 reassume his previous mandate.

Sypher once again elected in 1872. These elections were contested by the Democrats Effingham Lawrence. This challenge was posted on March 3, 1875, the last day of the current legislature, granted. So Lawrence was a congressman for a day. Overall, Sypher with a break in the years 1869 and 1870 1868-1875 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. At this time there the 14th and the 15th Amendment to the Constitution were adopted. During his time in Congress Sypher was temporarily Chairman of the Committee to monitor the expenditure of the Treasury.

In 1874, Hale Sypher was not re-elected. Back then ended Reconstruction; so that the Democrats won the majority in Louisiana. Sypher moved to the federal capital, Washington, where he worked as a lawyer. He died on 9 May 1905 in Baltimore, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.