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Ephraim Ralph Eckley
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869
Preceded by James R. Morris
Succeeded by Jacob A. Ambler
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Jefferson & Carroll counties district

In office
December 4, 1843 – December 5, 1847
Preceded by James Mitchell
Succeeded by Alden J. Bennett
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Tuscarawas & Carroll counties district

In office
December 3, 1849 – January 4, 1852
Preceded by Alden J. Bennett
Succeeded by district eliminated
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
January 2, 1854 – January 6, 1856
Preceded by Robert George
Succeeded by Silas Potts
Personal details
Born (1811-12-09)December 9, 1811
Mount Pleasant, Ohio
Died March 27, 1908(1908-03-27) (aged 96)
Carrollton, Ohio
Resting place Grand View Cemetery, Carrollton
40°34′09″N 81°04′55″W / 40.56917°N 81.08194°W / 40.56917; -81.08194
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Martha L. Brown
Children five
Alma mater Vermillion Institute
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1861-1863
Rank Brevet Brigadier General
Unit 26th Ohio Infantry
80th Ohio Infantry[1]

Ephraim Ralph Eckley (December 9, 1811 – March 27, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Early life

Eckley was born near Mount Pleasant, Jefferson County, Ohio but moved with his parents to Hayesville, Ohio, in 1816

He attended the common schools and was graduated from Vermillion Institute, Hayesville, Ohio and moved to Carrollton, Ohio, in 1833 and taught school.

He studied law under William Johnston[2]and was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Carrollton.

He served as member of the State senate 1843-1846, 1849, and 1850 but was an unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 1851. He also served in the State house of representatives 1853-1855 but was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1853 to the United States Senate.

He served as delegate to the first Republican National Convention at Philadelphia in 1856.

Civil War

During the Civil War, Eckley served in the Union Army as the colonel of the 26th Ohio Infantry, and later of the 80th Ohio Infantry. At the end of the war, he was brevetted as a brigadier general and mustered out of the army.


Eckley was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869) but was not a candidate for renomination in 1868.

He resumed the practice of law in Carrollton, Ohio. He died March 27, 1908 in Carrollton, Ohio and was interred in Grand View Cemetery.

He married Martha L. Brown, and had five children.[3]

See also

  • Ohio lieutenant gubernatorial elections


  1. Reid 1868 : 182, 458
  2. Harrison and Carroll, p. 785.
  3. Eckley, H.J.; Perry, W.T. (1921). History of Carroll and Harrison Counties. 1. The Lewis Publishing Co. p. 62. 

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