Ebenezer Dumont

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Ebenezer Dumont
Ebenezer Dumont from Who-When-What Book, 1900
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1867
Preceded byAlbert G. Porter
Succeeded byJohn Coburn
Personal details
Born(1814-11-23)November 23, 1814
Vevay, Indiana
DiedApril 16, 1871(1871-04-16) (aged 56)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Resting placeCrown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana
Political partyRepublican
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Union Army
Years of service1846–1847, 1861–1863
Rank Brigadier General

Ebenezer Dumont (November 23, 1814 – April 16, 1871) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana, serving two terms from 1863 to 1867. Prior to his service in Congress, he was a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Early life and career

Born in Vevay, Indiana, his parents were John Dumont, who was a member of the Indiana Legislature in 1822–23, and was afterward a candidate for the office of Governor, against David Wallace, and Julia Louisa Dumont, educator and writer.

Dumont pursued classical studies at Hanover College and studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Vevay.

He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1838. He served as the treasurer of Vevay from 1839 to 1845. He then signed up for military service during the Mexican–American War, serving as a lieutenant colonel of the 4th Indiana Infantry Regiment.

Upon his return to the Hoosier State, Dumont resumed his law practice. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1850 and 1853.

Civil War

During the Civil War, Governor Oliver P. Morton appointed Dumont as colonel of the 7th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, which, after seeing initial action in western Virginia, primarily fought in the Western Theater. Dumont was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers on September 3, 1861, and served until February 28, 1863, when he resigned from the army to resume his political career.


Dumont was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-eighth Congress and was reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1867). He served as chairman of the Committee on District of Columbia (Thirty-eighth Congress) and the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Thirty-ninth Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1866.

Later career and death

He was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant as the Governor of Idaho Territory, but died in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 16, 1871, before taking the oath of office. He was interred in Crown Hill Cemetery.

See also


  • United States Congress. "Ebenezer Dumont (id: D000524)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-12

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by