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George Nicholas Eckert

George Nicholas Eckert (July 4, 1802 – June 28, 1865) was a Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

George N. Eckert
7th Director of the United States Mint
In office
Preceded byRobert M. Patterson
Succeeded byThomas M. Pettit
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849
Preceded byAlexander Ramsey
Succeeded byCharles Wesley Pitman
Personal details
Born(1802-07-04)July 4, 1802
Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 28, 1865(1865-06-28) (aged 62)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyWhig

Early lifeEdit

George N. Eckert was born in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1824 and commenced practice in Reading, Pennsylvania. He was one of the organizers of Berks County Medical Society in 1824. He moved to Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, and engaged in the coal and iron trade.

Political careerEdit

Eckert was elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress. He was appointed Director of the United States Mint at Philadelphia by President Millard Fillmore and served from June 1851 to June 6, 1853. He died in Philadelphia in 1865. Interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "George Nicholas Eckert (id: E000034)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alexander Ramsey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles W. Pitman
Government offices
Preceded by
Robert M. Patterson
7th Director of the United States Mint
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Pettit