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

Early life[]

Eckley was born near Mt. 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 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 1853-1857 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 18th Ohio Infantry. At the end of the war, he was brevettedas 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.

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