US Con Edgerton, Joseph Ketchum - U.S. Congressman, IN

Joseph Ketchum Edgerton
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Born: February 16, 1818

Birthplace: Vergennes, Vermont

Father: Bela Edgerton 1787 – 1874
(Buried: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana)​

Mother: Phebe Ketchum 1790 – 1844
(Buried: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana)​

Wife: Hannah Mariah Spies 1818 – 1900
(Buried: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana)​

Married: 1839

Children:

Josephine Edgerton Martin, Unknown – 1939​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​
Helen Edgerton Rumsey 1843 – 1932​
(Buried: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana)​
Edward Coke Edgerton 1846 – 1922​
(Buried: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana)​
Clement Edgerton 1854 – 1935​
(Buried: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana)​

Brother: U.S. Congressman Alfred Peck Edgerton 1813 – 1897
(Buried: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana)​


Political Party: Whig Party and Democratic Party

Occupation before War:


1839 – 1844: Attorney in New York City, New York​
1843: Visited Indiana on behalf of one of his clients.​
1844 – 1854: Attorney in Fort Wayne, Indiana​
1854 – 1855: Director of Fort Wayne, and Chicago Railroad Co.​
1855 – 1856: President of Fort Wayne, and Chicago Railroad Co.​
1856 – 1859: Vice President of Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago Railroad​
1857 – 1859: Financial and Transfer Agent for Pittsburg, Fort Wayne, and Chicago Railroad Company.​
Director of Ohio, and Indiana Railroad Company​
1860: Campaigner and Speaker for Stephen A. Douglas Campaign​

Civil War Career:

1863 – 1865: United States Congressman from Indiana​
1863 – 1865: Member of House Naval Affairs Committee​
1864: Unsuccessful for reelection to United States Congress.​
1865: Voted against the 13th​ Amendment to US Constitution​

Occupation after War:

1866: Established Woodburn Lumber and Stave Mills on his land​
1866 – 1871: President of Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Co.​
1867: He lost his Lumber and Stave Mills due to a fire.​
1871: Aide in establishing Fort Wayne Steel Plow Works​
1875 – 1893: Owner of Fort Wayne Steel Plow Works​
President of Board of Trustees, Fort Wayne Medical College​
Member of the Vestry at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana​

Died: August 25, 1893

Place of Death: Boston, Massachusetts

Age at time of Death: 75 years old

Burial Place: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana
 
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