Michael C. Kerr

Michael Crawford Kerr ( born March 15, 1827 in Titusville, Pennsylvania, † August 19 1876 in Rockbridge County, Virginia ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Indiana and Speaker of the House.


After attending general schools (Common Schools ) and the Erie Academy, he studied law at the Law School of the University of Louisville and completed this study in 1851. After his admission he settled down in 1852 as an attorney in New Albany (Indiana) and was there in 1854 Prosecutor ( City Attorney ). In 1855 he began a year-long activity as a representative for the Prosecution ( Prosecuting Attorney ) of Floyd County. His political career began with the Kerr election to the House of Representatives of Indiana, in which he was elected in 1856 and 1857. After a new career as a lawyer, he was 1862-1865 Rapporteur on the Supreme Court of Indiana (Indiana Supreme Court ).

In 1865, he was first elected for the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and represented there by three re- elections of 4 March 1865 to 3 March 1873 2nd Congressional District of Indiana. In 1872 he suffered but in the elections for the 43rd U.S. Congress electoral defeat. 1875 Kerr was then re-elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives and represented this time the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana until his death.

At the same time he was since December 6, 1875 Speaker of the Repräsentenhauses and died in this function. After his death he was buried in the Fairview Cemetery in New Albany.