Edward Clayton EICHER, Congress, IA (1878-1944)


EICHER, Edward Clayton, a Representative from Iowa; born on a farm near Noble, Washington County, Iowa, December 16, 1878; attended the public schools, Washington (Iowa) Academy, and Morgan Park (Ill.) Academy; was graduated from the University of Chicago, in 1904; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1906 and commenced practice in Washington, Iowa; served as assistant registrar of the University of Chicago 1907-1909; moved to Burlington, Iowa, in 1909 and served as assistant attorney for a railroad company 1909-1918; returned to Washington, Iowa, in 1918 and continued the practice of law; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses and served from March 4, 1933, to December 2, 1938, when he resigned to accept a Presidential appointment; was renominated in 1938 but later withdrew and was not a candidate for reelection; appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on December 2, 1938, as a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., and served until February 2, 1942, being chairman of the Commission at the time; appointed chief justice of the District Court of the United States for the District of Columbia on February 2, 1942, in which capacity he served until his death in Alexandria, Va., on November 29, 1944; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Washington, Iowa.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present