Edward Ball (congressman)

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Edward Ball
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1857
Preceded by John Johnson
Succeeded by Cydnor B. Tompkins
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1811-11-06)November 6, 1811
Fairfax County, Virginia
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Zanesville, Ohio
Resting place Greenwood Cemetery
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Edward Ball (November 6, 1811 – November 22, 1872) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Falls Church, Ball attended the village school. He moved to Ohio and located near Zanesville, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as deputy sheriff of Muskingum County in 1837 and 1838 and sheriff from 1839 to 1843. He served as member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1845 to 1849, and became editor of the Zanesville Courier in 1849.

Ball was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1857). In Congress, he served as chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Thirty-fourth Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1856.

After his tenure in Congress, Ball studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1860, and commenced practice in Zanesville. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1860, and as Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives in the Thirty-seventh Congress from 1861 to 1863. He resumed the practice of law, and was again a member of the State house of representatives from 1868 to 1870. He was accidentally killed by a railroad train near Zanesville, Ohio, on November 22, 1872. He is interred in Greenwood Cemetery.[1]


  1. Edward Ball at Find a Grave in Zanesville


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