EDGERTON, Alfred Peck (1813-1897)

EDGERTON, ALFRED PECK, (brother of Joseph Ketchum Edgerton), a Representative from Ohio; born in Plattsburg, N.Y., January 11, 1813; was graduated from Plattsburg Academy; engaged in newspaper work for a brief period, and later in commercial pursuits in New York City; moved to Hicksville, Ohio, in 1837; manager of the American Land Co., and engaged in opening new land for settlement in northwestern Ohio, near Hicksville, 1837-1852; member of the State senate in 1845 and 1846; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1855); chairman, Committee on Claims (Thirty-third Congress); financial agent of the Board of State Fund Commissioners of Ohio in 1853, with residence in New York City; moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1857; general manager of the Wabash & Erie Canal 1859-1868; unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 1868; chairman of the United States Civil Service Commission in 1885; died in Hicksville, Defiance County, Ohio, May 14, 1897; interment in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: In the Wabash and Erie Canal Company Letters, 1863-1869, 3 items.
The collection consists of three letters from A.P. Edgerton to William Carter concerning company business. They reflect the day-to-day operation of the company.


Newberry Library
Special Collections
Chicago, IL
Papers: ca. 1881, 1 item.
A typescript letter with manuscript corrections prepared by A.P. Edgerton probably around 1881, the year the Miami Indians on the Meshingomesia Reserve in Indiana were granted individual allotments and citizenship by the federal government. Constructed as correspondence from Peshkewah (1761?-1841), a Miami chief also known as John Baptiste Richardville, to Little Turtle (1747?-1812), also a Miami chief, the letter discusses past Miami-white relations and betrayals. It unfavorably contrasts the corrupt white man's government with that of "ours as we knew it."

Papers: In the Dresden W.H. Howard Papers, ca. 1920, 1 item.
Typed copy of a January 1, 1886, letter sent by D.W.H. Howard of the Maumee Valley Monumental Association to Alfred Peck Edgerton, then president of the U.S. Civil Service Commission, forwarding a cane made from the "Indian Council Elm" which stood until 1873 on the banks of the Maumee River at Grand Rapids. The typed copy was probably made around 1920 in Chicago by George Manierre for Edward E. Ayer. According to Howard, the elm was the site of numerous Indian councils; at one of the last, Howard served as an interpreter. A ms. note by Edgerton's son-in-law, Manierre, indicates that the cane and original letter were stored in his safe.


Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: ca. 1838-1842, 2 items.
A letter to Alfred P. Edgerton from his mother and sister regarding family matters, and a note from Smith & Hazard regarding a shipment of salt.

Papers: In the William Medill Papers, 1836-1856, 1.5 cubic feet.
Other authors include Alfred P. Edgerton.


Ohio University Library
Department of Archives & Special Collections
Athens, OH
Papers: ca. 1873, 1 item.
A letter from Alfred P. Edgerton to W.A. Savage, Esq., written around November 1873. In the letter, Alfred Edgerton discusses land contract for land in Paulding County and also a deed settlement with another party.

  • Edgerton, Alfred Peck. Address of Hon. A. P. Edgerton. Hicksville, Ohio: T. A. Starr, printer, 1878.