Ezekiel S. Sampson

Ezekiel Silas Sampson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1875 March 3, 1879
Preceded by William Loughridge
Succeeded by James Weaver
Member of the Iowa Senate
In office
Personal details
Born December 6, 1831
Huron County, Ohio, USA
Died October 7, 1892(1892-10-07) (aged 60)
Sigourney, Iowa, USA
Political party Republican
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge

Ezekiel Silas Sampson (December 6, 1831 October 7, 1892) was a lawyer, prosecutor, Civil War officer, judge, and two-term Republican Congressman from Iowa's 6th congressional district.

Early life

Born in Huron County, Ohio, Sampson moved to Keokuk County, Iowa in 1843 where he attended public schools as a child. He later attended Howe’s Academy and Knox College, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1856, commencing practice in Sigourney, Iowa.[1] He was prosecuting attorney of Keokuk County from 1856 to 1858.


At the outbreak of the Civil War, Sampson enlisted in the Union Army as a captain in the 5th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment in 1861 and was later promoted to lieutenant colonel of the same regiment, serving as so until he was mustered out of service in 1864.

After the war, he resumed practicing law in Sigourney. He was a member of the Iowa Senate in 1866 and was judge of the sixth district of Iowa from 1867 to 1875.

In 1874, Sampson was elected a Republican to represent Iowa's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Near the end of his service in the 44th United States Congress, he was re-elected in 1876 to a second term, and served in the 45th United States Congress. When running for a third term in 1878, he was defeated in the general election by Greenback Party candidate (and future presidential candidate) James B. Weaver. Sampson served in Congress from March 4, 1875 to March 3, 1879.


Sampson resumed practicing law until his death in Sigourney on October 7, 1892. He is interred at West Cemetery in Sigourney, Iowa.[2]


  1. "SAMPSON, Ezekiel Silas, (1831 - 1892)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  2. "Ezekiel Silas Sampson". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Loughridge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1875 March 3, 1879 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
James Weaver
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