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Ernest R. Ackerman

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1919 – October 18, 1931
Succeeded by Percy Hamilton Stewart

Born 17 June 1863(1863-06-17)
New York City
Died 18 October 1931 (aged 68)
Plainfield, New Jersey
Political party Republican

Ernest Robinson Ackerman (June 17, 1863 – October 18, 1931) was an American Republican Party politician who represented New Jersey's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1919-1931.


Early years

Ackerman was born in New York City and moved with his parents to Plainfield, New Jersey very shortly thereafter. He was educated at public and private schools and graduated from Plainfield High School in 1880. Employed in cement manufacturing, Ackerman was a member of the Plainfield common council in 1891 and 1892.

Political career

Ackerman was as a member of the New Jersey Senate from 1905 to 1911, serving as president in 1911. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions at Chicago in 1908 and in 1916 and a member of the board of trustees of Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1916-1920. He was a Federal food administrator for Union County, New Jersey during the First World War and a member of the New Jersey Board of Education 1918-1920.

In September 1907, Ackerman and his wife Nora attended the maiden voyage of the Cunard liner RMS Lusitania from Liverpool to New York.

Ackerman was a member of the New Jersey Geological Survey and associate of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1919, until his death in Plainfield, New Jersey on October 18, 1931. He was buried in the family plot in Hillside Cemetery.


Ackerman was a famous philatelist, and had created a number of award winning exhibits of postal stamps and postal history. He was known for his famous collections of British Guiana and Spain, but he was regarded as an expert in postage stamps and postal history of the United States. His U.S. collection included scarce carrier and local stamps, United States Department stamps, and U.S. essays and proofs. A part of his valuable United States collection was bequeathed to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. Ackerman was named to the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame in 2000.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William F. Birch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1919-October 18, 1931
Succeeded by
Percy Hamilton Stewart
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph S. Frelinghuysen
President of the New Jersey Senate
Succeeded by
John Dyneley Prince


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